For a number of years ARSP volunteers have been committed to helping out at the ark community in Antwerp – a community for people with and without mental disabilities. 2012 was the first time that a summer camp took place there as well.
They own and live in three houses in two neighbouring villages, each with 5-8 residents with disabilities and a atelier where most of the residents work during the day, do sports, handcrafts and cooking…
And we were allowed to have an insight into these people-loving and dignified oases. We came in order to embellish and decorate the living environment. And naturally become a part of the community.
We were just the right group – a group that wants to work, some heavy, some light, but all with the time to spare that the ark so often misses. There were three major projects on our plan: a bicycle shed for Foyer Windroos, a bicycle shed and the relocation of the chicken coop in Foyer Roeach and fixing the insulation of the heating pipes in Madonna and Windhoek Foyers. I think that everyone of us has taken into their heart at least one of these projects.
The fields of work were very varied so that everyone could find a meaningful and motivated place for themselves. In the end we were all exhausted and proud. Full of admiration, the Ark cooked for us, singing and praising us and doing their utmost everyday to thank us.
Helene Utpatel and Käthe Krokenberger, team leaders
Summer camp in Antwerp