children get a good workout and enjoy themselves at the
same time doing gymnastics.
sweet little basketballer enjoys herself at Aunty
Kimberlys Sunshine Camp.
sunshine girl could not get enough of hola hoop
at Aunty Kimberlys Sunshine Camp.
Auntie Kimberlys Sunshine Camp is not just another
summer camp. The camp caters for both privileged and under-privileged
children in the Port-of-Spain district.
Kimberly Harrison, a teacher at Childrens Montessori
School, Oxford Street, has been conducting the camp for
She said her students and past students are used to calling
her Aunty Kimberly wherever she goes, hence the name of
The camp is being held from August 2 to September 2 at the
Chinese Association, St Anns.
This year she is catering for 24 children from three underprivileged
homes, free of charge. She has been making provisions for
disadvantaged children for ten years.
camp is not primarily for children in homes, but due to
the success of the camp, we have been able to cater for
them, she said.
The weekly rate for the other 24 children in the camp is
$200. There is also a group special for two or more children
from the same family at a total cost of $650 a month.
The children have access to computer games, with an introduction
to Spanish. They are exposed to art and craft, gymnastics,
cricket, football, basketball, singing, dancing, drama,
kid aerobics, indoor games and field trips.
Someone from the national team will be coming in to coach
them on football. They are also trained by gym and pan instructors
at the camp.
In Harrisons view, it is important for the disadvantaged
children to mesh with the regular children.
are able to feel like a part of society, interacting with
other children their age. Many of them are very talented,
but they dont push themselves because they are conditioned
to believe they could only reach a certain level.
suffer from low self-esteem because they are not able to
reap the same benefits as their privileged peers or be rewarded
for their talent or hard work.
believe they have it in them. They just need an opportunity
to express themselves and not be bracketed, said Harrison.
Harrison, the mother of a 12-year-old son, says she absolutely
enjoys working with the children in the camp.
from the homes are a joy to have around because they are
very independent and disciplined. They are not spoiled,
but they crave love and look forward to coming to the camp
and socialising with the other children, said Harrison.
girls call themselves the BET girls. On top is Sydney
Lara, the daughter of former West Indies cricket
captain Brian Lara.
Harrison of Auntie Kimberlys Sunshine Camp
helps the children with their aerobics.
details on registration, please call Kimberly Harrison at