The commitment came from Ms. Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the bank’s General Manager. She made known the bank’s interest while presenting the sponsorship cheque to the leadership of “Camp Ezekiel”, held under the auspices of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
The donation was presented to Camp Ezekiel’s Vice President, Ms. Esmie Clarke, last week.
“Camp Ezekiel will provide the perfect treat for youths during this coming Easter season as it has done in the past,” expressed Ms. Brin. “The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, which promotes the Federation’s human resource development through its Student Loans Programme, fully subscribes to the ideals of Camp Ezekiel and especially its theme this year.”
The annual camp, which is into its sixth year is being hosted by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Training Union, and will be held on the church grounds from April 5-9 under the theme ‘Restoring Moral Values’. While it catered for 150 children last year an equal number is anticipated for this year.
According to the Camp Coordinator, Mrs. Malvis James, objectives of the camp are to support national efforts at curbing crime and violence and instil strong Christian values among the youth of the Federation and to restore self-confidence, respect, manners, conflict solving skills, love for one another and strong discipline.
Camp Ezekiel’s Vice President Ms. Esmie Clarke, who thanked the Development Bank for responding positively to their request, informed Ms. Brin that the children will report to the camp on Holy Thursday (April 5), where they will remain until Easter Monday when they will be released to return to their respective homes.
The camp is open to children three years and up to early twenties from all denominations. According to Ms. Clarke, the main criterion for acceptance to the camp is that they must be Sunday school attendees and church goers for the older ones. Activities to keep them busy will include talks from various speakers, a banquet on Saturday and a walk from Lodge Project to Molineux on Monday.
“We are trying to make them well rounded individuals,” observed Ms Clarke. “Right now I am starting a choir just for boys. We are looking at various ways of motivating them and as a result we won’t be singing all the time. We will have them go to visit the hospitals, visit the elderly, help others, and go out in the communities and try to clean up and that kind of stuff.”