Martin de Porres Society to hold 9th Annual Camp Lighthouse

A wonderfu1 example of sharing of cultural diversities will take place from Julyl9 to July 24, 2009.

The Martin de Porres Society of Savannah will host their 9th annual Camp Lighthouse, a week long day camp for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

As part of the cultural experience, HAVAYA, a teen group from Israel and teens from the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, from New York City will be in Savannah to partner with Martin de Porres teens as Guides and Camp Leaders for the week long experience.

The exchange of cultures is a life changing experience for the teenagers and camp participants.

Camp Lighthouse is a unique one week summer camp for economically disadvantaged children.

The goal of Camp Lighthouse is to provide a structured day camp experience for children who would normally be unable to attend a day camp due to inability to pay or lack of transportation.

The Martin de Porres Society is a loca1 501-c(3) non-profit organization which has been in existence in Savannah since 1986 when the founders, Dr. George and Yolanda Negron resolved to fill a need in the Savannah community serving disadvantaged children and addressing their emotional and social needs.

In addition to hosting Camp Lighthouse, the organization is also known for its Nourish2Learn program (in partnership with Savannah Chatham County Public Schools and Second Harvest Food Bank); its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket and toy giveaways (in partnership with Toys for Tots); its partnership with the Reading is Fundamental (RTF) program which provides free books twice a school year to the entire student body of a local elementary school.

The mission of the Martin de Porres Society is to enrich the lives of children and families through education and social activities.

The namesake of the Society is Martin de Porres who was born in Lima, Peru in 1579: an outcast who developed a love and compassion for the poor. He established an orphanage and outreach facilities in Lima that are in use today.

The food and gifts are obviously important to the children: but the more important purpose is to provide its young participants with a sense of hope, love, and guidance through their contact with dedicated adults, both young and old.

Teenagers or adults interested in volunteering should contact: Gail G. Brown and Pamela L. Rudolph, Camp Directors (912) 352-3254 (912) 547- 3491 Yolanda Negron, Executive Director(912) 667-5091.

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