As the Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish came to an end this year, all participants were eager to celebrate with a fun parade that took place on Friday, July 29, 2016. Starfish camp kinds marched under the theme ‘We are More Alike Than Different’.
Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish is dedicated primarily to the needs and caring of special needs children in the island community. The summer camp, now in its third year, hosts children with mental and/or physical disorders with activities like arts & craft, sports and even counseling for the parents, skill enhancement activities for the children that include speech and physical therapy.
Local businesses and restaurants fully support the camp by providing snacks for the camp during their breaks and volunteer teachers and students have been assisting with the running of the programs and caring for the children. The camp is free of charge with no age limits for the attendants.
Founders of Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish Dalia Alamilla and Dianela Hancock started the camp as a support group for families with special needs children. Besides providing great activities for the special needs children, another goal of Camp Starfish is to create awareness and educate people about special needs children and the reality of raising and living with them. Their desire is to start breaking social stigmas and show everybody how these children are very much similar to normal children, only that they behave and develop differently.
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