BASSETERRE, St Kitts – An exciting summer camp for young children and adults recently took place at its long-awaited new home, Range Community Center at Mount Carmel in St Kitts.
Camp Ezekiel hosted approximately 80 participants at the new community centre between April 15-22, 2019. Activities included distribution of food hampers to the elderly, a community march against crime, gangs and violence and a gospel concert where children demonstrated their talents in drama with displays of love and kindness. Participants learned new skills in the areas of team building, conflict resolution and disaster management as well as essential life skills and table etiquette.
Although the camp is now in its 13th year, it never had a permanent home until Range Developments, an award-winning local property developer, funded the construction of a new purpose-built community centre last year.
Malvie James, Camp Ezekiel manager, said: “The campers had no place to call their home. We used to camp in community centres, government school rooms and the church basement. This was problematic as there wasn’t enough space to accommodate 60-80 children and the facilities were inadequate.
“However, the newly constructed building donated by Range Developments is fully equipped with a kitchen and bathrooms and we can now house 80-100 children comfortably.”
Range Community Center at Mount Carmel was constructed on land provided by the Carmel Baptist Church to assist in the development of the local community. The centre provides a whole range of courses and activities including computer classes, music lessons, homework assistance, mentoring, cooking classes and a soup kitchen to name a few.
Kamal Shehada, development director of Range Developments, said: “The Range Community Center at Mount Carmel is a fantastic hub for the local community, hosting many activities and events for the benefit of all. I am particularly pleased that Camp Ezekiel now has a permanent home to continue their great work for years to come.”
Range Developments has an established record of corporate social responsibility (CSR) program in the Caribbean and actively work with local schools, sports facilities and community centres for the benefit of all. The team hopes to build upon their social responsibility efforts by further supporting other worthwhile projects and initiatives.