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692 children at integration camps

We organised holidays for 692 children at free summer and winter camps and trips in 2022 and 2023. These were mostly integration trips for children from Ukraine and Poland.
Four smiling teenagers showing OK and V (victory) sign.
The camps and trips we organise aim to give the participants an opportunity to get to know one another and make friends, to teach them teamwork and co-responsibility for the group, and to foster their independence and perseverance.
In 2022, we organised free-of-charge leisure semi-camps for 800 refugee children from Ukraine. We also organised trips for 320 children, including hiking camps in the Bieszczada Mountains, two rafting trips down the Pisa River, as well as camps by the sea in Stegna and in the Tatra Mountains, in Małe Ciche.
The children and young people were looked after by Polish-Ukrainian staff including KIK members, “SzkoUA” staff members as well as Ukrainian-speaking tutors, who travelled to Poland for this very purpose.
Thanks to the KIK community and a number of donors, it was possible to make the camps free of charge for the Ukrainian participants. We also succeeded in providing the children with basic equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, carrimats, raincoats and mess kits.
In the winter of 2023, the trips brought together 84 Ukrainian refugee children. The trips included skiing, doing sports and sightseeing in the mountains – in Zawadka Rymanowska and Mszana Dolna, as well as in Brachlewo (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship), following the trail of Teutonic castles.
In the summer of 2023, more than 350 children participated in the Ukrainian-Polish integration camps. These included hiking camps in the Bieszczady Mountains and in Bory Tucholskie, canoeing and rafting camps down the Wda and Wela rivers, and camps at a scout base on Lake Ocypel and in Brachlewo near Malbork. The camps were supervised by mixed Polish-Ukrainian staff trained under the “Góry Liderów” (“Mountains of Leaders”) programme.
Throughout the school year, we arrange meetings for young people. In the fall of 2023, 4 weekend camps were organised – in Wilga near Warsaw and in Kraków. During the trips, apart from the integration programme and sightseeing, the youngsters participated in workshops titled: “Me and my smartphone – possibilities and limitations.” In autumn, we also organised culinary workshops for 30 young people and online workshops for parents entitled: “How to protect your child from pornography.”
Group of teenagers on a backpacking hike, mountains in the background, smiling girl in the foreground.A group of teenagers on a backpacking hike, walking along a narrow path through a meadow.
Culinary workshop - a group of teenagers in aprons cut vegetables at a kitchen table, next to bowls and pots. Culinary workshop - a group of teenagers in aprons cut vegetables at a kitchen table, next to bowls and pots.

Save the Children, Norwegian Refugee Council, Goldman Sachs, private and business donors.

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