In countries where the medical and psychosocial needs of children often outstrip available local resources, the Global Partnership Program (GPP) of SeriousFun Children’s Network meets the needs of children who have been marginalized by their condition and by their community’s response. Working in collaboration with other international organizations, the Global Partnership Program gives children living with serious illnesses in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean the same kind of chance as any other child who attends a SeriousFun Camp in the U.S. or Europe – the chance to recover their childhood, restore their hope and renew their sense of possibility.
The result is a locally designed, culturally applicable program that excites, inspires and empowers children with serious illnesses to regain their sense of optimism, possibility and hope. Read our Global Partnership Program Overview to learn more.
The Global Partnership Program looks for partner organizations and collaborators to bring the magic of camp to new countries. If your organization works with children living with serious illnesses and you are interested to explore the idea of a Global Partnership Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethiopia – Camp Addis
Camp Addis serves orphans and vulnerable children living with HIV and AIDS. Campers can be found creating a talk show about living with HIV; having a crazy costume photo shoot; participating in daily sports; making arts & crafts; and attending a very special banquet dinner and awards ceremony on the final night of camp. Camp songs can be heard year-round since many of the camp staff work with the campers throughout the year. Camp Addis is operated through a partnership between SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Lesotho – Camp ‘Mamohato
Camp ‘Mamohato, named after the first queen of Lesotho, is held just outside the capital of Maseru in a beautiful, secluded setting surrounded by trees and mountains. Camp ‘Mamohato is the only program to have both a summer and winter camp season. Children from every district in Lesotho attend camp and can be heard singing their way to and from every activity, including campfires and “Mountain Meetings.” Camp ‘Mamohato is operated through a partnership among SeriousFun Children’s Network, Sentebale, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Lesotho.
Malawi – Camp Hope
Camp Hope takes place outside of the capital of Lilongwe, Malawi. Activities focus on positive living; addressing issues of treatment adherence; dealing with stigma and discrimination; developing healthy relationships; balancing nutrition; and maintaining hygiene, while also including traditional camp activities like campfires, team building games, and arts & crafts. Camp Hope Malawi operates through a partnership among SeriousFun Children’s Network, World Camp Inc, and the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi.
Swaziland – Sivivane Camp
A sivivane is a carefully stacked pile of stones that, in Swaziland, indicates a place of safety or a refuge on a long journey. This theme is woven throughout the program, where camp is always about safety, love, and respect. Sivivane Camp is operated through a partnership among SeriousFun Children’s Network, the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Swaziland, Young Heroes, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Tanzania - Salama Camp
Salama Camp is located in the midst of a narrow highland valley framed by rolling green mountains on the outskirts of Mbeya, Tanzania. Here, HIV positive children have the opportunity to build connections through nightly “Ala za Roho” (sounds for the heart and soul) cabin chats; enhance their creativity by designing outfits from recycled paper; and strengthen their outlook on the future through a selection of HIV related activities. Salama Camp is operated through a partnership between SeriousFun Children’s Network and Baylor Children’s Foundation Tanzania.
Uganda – Sanyuka Camp
Sanyuka (which means ‘happiness’) Camp focuses on healthy living and building self-esteem. Campers go on a field trip to the nearby Entebbe Wildlife Refuge; have daily swim lessons; perform music, dance and drumming shows; take cooking lessons; and play a camper versus counselor capture the flag game. Sanyuka Camp is operated through a partnership between SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Uganda.
Cambodia – Camp Lotus
Located 45 minutes outside of the capital Phnom Penh at the New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) village, Camp Lotus provides residential camp opportunities to children living with HIV and AIDS. The NHCC village, a permanent home to over 200 children, is a perfect setting for camp, complete with clusters of cottages surrounding a community kitchen and a basketball court. Camp Lotus operates through a partnership between SeriousFun Children’s Network and NHCC.
India – Camp Rainbow
Camp Rainbow in Chennai was the first Global Partnership Program to serve children in India living with HIV. At Camp Rainbow, campers are given the opportunity to design beautiful mehndi on their hands at culture night, sing the dosa song before each meal, receive specialized Super Chutti or Muddhina Kanmani awards, play cricket, and learn about living positively with HIV. Camp Rainbow operates in partnership with SeriousFun Children’s Network, Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE), Community Health Education Society (CHES), and Asha Kirana Charitable Trust.
Vietnam – Camp Colors of Love
North and South
At Camp Colors of Love - South, outside of Ho Chi Minh City, campers have the opportunity to stay in platform tents, splash on slip and slides, paddle in canoes, and enjoy a festival night. This camp was so successful that after three fun-filled years, a second site was started in the North, outside of Hanoi. Camp Colors of Love is operated through a partnership between the SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Haiti – Kan Etwal
Kan Etwal, or “Camp of Stars,” is a shining experience for children living with HIV in Haiti. Taking place in the mountains of Kenscoff, far from the devastation of the earthquake, campers sing “Pran medikaman’m” as they receive their medication and take part in nightly “Coeur a Coeur” (Heart-to-Heart) cabin chats. Children also have the opportunity to discover the importance of environmental stewardship by transforming recyclable materials into handcrafted jewelry. Kan Etwal is operated through a partnership among SeriousFun Children’s Network, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, and Saint Damien Hospital.
Paraguay - Campuka
Campuka (formerly Campamento Tape Jerovia) is the first Global Partnership Program to serve children living with cancer. This camp is operated in Asuncion, Paraguay through a partnership among SeriousFun Children’s Network, Arapacha, the Pediatric Hospital Niños de Acosta Ñu, and Centro Materno Infantil. At Campuka, campers have the opportunity to splash and swim in the pool, solve the mystery of the missing fish, relax at the camp “spa,” create masks to parade in the Camp Carnival, and star in their very own music videos.