Its only six days left until the first European summer camp for children with renal disease, called KREW, opens its doors! Is everything prepared? We spoke to Iwona Mazur and Michał Dębski-Korzec organizing the camp:
How do you feel about the Camp Krew opening this summer? Prepared, unprepared? Scared excited?
Iowana: To be honest, slightly scared. This is the first time we are organizing a camp on a European level. It is a fantastic idea but there is still a lot to do as preparation.
Michal: We cannot forget how excited we are. This is the first European summer camp happening in Krakow. We will have an international group of staff and campers that I look forward to meeting. Nonetheless, we are hoping for some good weather.
What is your companies goal/mission?
Iowana: Our goal is to set up this first European summer camp for these wonderful children. Our mission is to provide the kids and society with valid information about CKD. We aim to educate society rather than the kids and I think that the children will help us the most with spreading awareness about CKD.
What makes Camp Krew unique?
Iowana: What is unique about Camp Krew is that it is the first European summer camp for participants with CKD. Also Krakow is a very special and beautiful place. I hope that our efforts will give us good results and that all the children are happy. What also stands out about Camp Krew is the peer-learning education going on. There are so many different languages, cultures and histories and by communicating with each other the children will be able to learn about life and grow independently.
Do you feel Camp Krew will be successful in the future? Why?
Michal: Camp Krew will not be a onetime edition. This is a long-term project with a dedicated team. We hope that the kids will be excited to come back to Camp Krew next year in a different country. Camp Krew will give the kids great life experiences and allow them to see a different country every summer.
How do you plan on educating the kids on CKD?
Iowana: We are not specifically concentrating on educating the children about CKD, they live with it and already know so much. Instead we are putting pressure on our peer learning system and having fun so that they can learn from each other. We want to guide them to become independent and make their own decisions so that they are ready for life. We hope to encourage communication rather than strictly education.
Do you have any additional comments you would like to share with the public?
Iowana: I just want to share that we are aiming to educate society about CKD rather than the children. They know all about it and that is why the children will help us greatly to spread awareness about this problem that is not very well known. I also wish to share that everything here at Camp Krew is special, the group of teenagers are bright and we can’t wait for them to come. Lastly, we hope that Camp Krew will be could PR for CKD as it is a very important chronic illness that needs to be better know.
Here you can find more information about camp KREW: “Supporting young CKD patients: About the first European summer camp for children with renal disease” #CKD