Support burn survivors, as they face the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration.
Whether caused by a house fire, scalding cooking fluid, or an insurgent’s explosive device – burn injuries can have devastating consequences. Physical disfigurement and emotional scars make the recovery process a long and painful one. Although the “outside” scars require several complex surgeries, the “inside” scars are much more difficult to heal.
We believe that Burn Camps are the best way to support young burn survivors, as they learn to cope with their new lives. In the course of 4 fun-filled days, campers build self-confidence, make new friends, and set the scars aside in favor of ballgames, drum circles, surf lessons and unforgettable camp experiences.
For some campers it may be the first independent encounter with other burn survivors, a step that requires courage and self-acceptance. For others it may be part of a long rehabilitation process, as they mature from campers to counselors. Yet for all it is an island of sanity, where they can once again be children.
Burn Camps have also been the subject of much academic research – numerous studies have demonstrated decreased isolation, improved self-esteem, improved teamwork, promotion of coping skills and improved social skills after burn camp participation.
Burn Advocates Network operates 3 burn camps, all run by volunteers and funded by donors. We also help ensure that burn survivors receive proper care, and adequate compensation; both crucial for a return to a stable and productive life.
In order to reach as many pediatric burn survivors as possible, growth is a top priority for us. With the help of our generous funders and partners, we plan to have 10 Burn Camps in 10 different countries by 2020, focusing on low-income populations where we are needed most.