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 – serious burn injuries 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 a refuge where they are not judge or defined by their appearance. It is a place where they can be children, free of worries and focused on having fun.
Burn Camps have also been the subject of much academic research – numerous peer reviewed studies have demonstrated decreased isolation, improved self-esteem, improved teamwork, promotion of coping skills and improved social skills after burn camp participation.
The Burn Camps help children adjust to their altered self image. Laser therapy utilizes the most advanced technology and can greatly improve both physical appearances and functionality of scars and contractures. Our top priority is to make laser therapy available to children in resource challenged countries.
We work to make laser care, without cost, available in every country with a BAN Camp. We want our beneficiaries to have access to looking good and feeling better. With the help of our generous funders and partners, we plan to have 10 Burn Camps in 10 different countries by 2025, focusing on low-income populations where we are needed most.