We strongly believe that every child should experience the joyful energy of childhood.
We manifest this belief by organizing summer camps and sports and play activities at schools for children living in developing countries.
Through play and sports activities, music and dance, role-playing and creative exercises, Join for Joy offers these children a unique opportunity to express themselves freely and feel what it means to be youthful.
Our mission relies on the spirit of local partners, schools, volunteers, and of course of the kids. Because teamwork makes the dream work.
Joy is central to our activities. Our purpose is to let children enjoy the activities of our summer camps and sports and playing program at schools. The energy of the kids is contagious: after the summer camps our local partners and volunteers all return to their normal lives inspired, energized and light heartedly. Also Join for Joy itself enjoys the benefits of this shared joyful energy in order to reach its own ambitions.
The summer camps stand or fall by the efforts and input of our volunteers and local partners. Not only do they support Join for Joy, they inspire us by exchanging suggestions and ideas for which Join for Joy provides a platform. These ideas range from innovative fundraising actions to new program elements. Join for Joy highly values a direct and transparent relation with all our participants; ranging from schoolteachers, parents, children, volunteers, cooks, to of course our sponsors.
During the summer camps children develop teambuilding skills. They learn how to win and lose, and how to bring out the best in each other. With our specially tailored program Join for Joy informs children about health issues and future job opportunities. This way, Join for Joy hopes to broaden their horizons and give their development an extra boost. Growth is our shared goal: Join for Joy aims to have a steep learning curve, and seeks to expand the scope of its activities in order to help as many children as possible.
“Like the children, I also spent a night in the tent for the first time. It was a good experience. The boat ride, the morning hill climbing reversed my 61 years of age to 16 years.” Read more
‘What I remember most? How genuinely happy they were with their toothbrush, with showering, with the bus ride to Nairobi. How they laughed when we failed to sing a song correctly, how they laughed when we moved our hips the wrong way around.”
“Well I just can say that the camp was good”
We used a new game called the ‘Love Check Aids Prevention Game’. It’s a memory game whereby we tell the children the complete story about HIV/Aids while turning cards. The children have to predict what is on the cards. They did so with full dedication!'