Earlier this week I had the incredible experience to spend some time at The Village, which is run by the Atlanta Children’s Foundation for the sole purpose of helping children in need. More specifically, they are working towards serving the 4,000 children in the foster system within the state. If that in and of itself is not a problem statement, at to it that statistically, today, only 8% of the children in the system ever graduate high school.
Upon pulling into the campground, I was a bit overwhelmed. 200 acres of beautifully planned out campgrounds, structured with activities that seemed to never end – – – basketball, archery, fishing, pool, etc. Then I meet the kids. Fifty-five wonderful children ranging from the ages of six to twenty-one, being facilitated by counselors who are graduates of the program if you will and lead by Robert and his team, particularly the chief (as I call her), named Natalie. This team is phenomenal.
Days began with and ended with devotionals, included exercise and an abundance of activities to help these children grow physically, mentally and spiritually.
First and foremost – – hats off to Robert, Natalie and the team for the work they are doing to impact the lives of others.
Huge thanks to Will Adams for arranging and Robert Willis for allowing me to spend some time there to learn. As I endeavor to do more to fulfill my passion for helping others reach their potential, Will and Rob thought it would be a good idea for me to visit their camp. You were right! I am forever grateful for the opportunity and look forward to being there again.
For everyone else, please visit the Atlanta Children Foundation’s website if you would like to become more educated and involved in helping children in need.
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