The Aladdin Stiftung is back10.10.2009
The Aladdin Stiftung arrived here at Kisc at the beginning of last week for their annual camp. It is a tradition for this group to come and visit us when life at the Centre is quiet and the surroundings are getting the brown and golden colors of Autumn.
Every time they visit, it is a pleasure for us as we get to meet them and become part of their daily life. During the day they are always busy doing something either inside or outside around the Chalet or in the Campsite. They are always very creative too, during their stay they run lots of interesting crafting activities, play a lot outside and have a day out somewhere (this year to the Oeschinensee!). Their camp is usually two weeks long during which two groups of families and volunteers alternate. In this second week we had 5 families (coming from different German speaking Cantons) staying with us plus some of the volunteers.
In the case you feel a bit confused about what the Aladdin Stiftung actually is, then here you go: the Aladdin Stiftung is a foundation which was founded in 1996 and it is located in Zurich. The aim of the foundation is to support families with disabled children or with children affected by particular diseases. Different types of support are offered to the families, for example financial or in the form of accommodation in one of the flats nearby Hospitals so that the family can stay with the kid when hospitalised. Also educative support for parents, brothers and sisters of a the disable/sick kid is provided, to learn how to live together without treating the disability/disease of the other as a barrier. The camps are run by volunteers who all have a scouting background!
It has been a good 2 weeks and even if we had to squeeze in a little bit more in the dining hall, adding a few chairs here and there, the too-close elbow of the person sitting next to you is quickly forgotten when you see them all there happily chatting away with their handmade colorful table cloths and some bits of glitter or paint left on their tees from the last craft session.
Luisa Fontanazza (IT) - PR & Marketing Assistant