Amidst the chaos and confusion of the recent forced evictions in the southern sector of the Jungle, the importance of Baloo’s has become apparent as a protective area of stability for the adolescent boys in the camp.
Activities have occurred throughout last 2 week ranging from sports to science in an effort to bring structure to the lives of those 12 – 18 years old. One extremely successful activity was Monday’s science experiment that involved geometric engineering and architecture with spaghetti as girders and marshmallows as joints.
Other activities have included a beach trip mixed with beach football, beach cricket, street cricket and badminton. These activities are an essential part of Baloo’s ethos as sports have enabled the boys to burn off their restlessness whilst education has brought normality to their lives as many of them have been out of school for over a year.
The last 2 weeks have also been particularly cold in camp with temperatures dropping to minus 8 on some nights. Even though the vast majority of our boys are now living in makeshift houses, ice has appeared inside these structures demonstrating the appalling living conditions in the Jungle. Concerned about the wellbeing of those sleeping in freezing temperatures, the Baloo’s team decided to distribute hot water bottles to those living in the worst accommodation. The look of relief on their faces was both heart warming and heart breaking considering the situation they live in.
This weekend just gone, our fabulous new youth centre has been being built! Updates to come …