Surrey: For the last 27 years, the Thakore Charitable Foundation, the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, and the JS Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at SFU have been planning an event on October 2, to commemorate Gandhiji and acknowledge humanitarians across the world. These individuals have used Gandhiji’s principles to make the world a better and more peaceful place.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the Gandhi Youth Committee hosted a one day summer event for youth to learn about the core principles that Gandhiji preached. We wanted to encourage our youth today to carry forward Gandhiji’s legacy by teaching mindfulness, peace, kindness, self-sufficiency, and community service through interactive and engaging activities.

On Sunday, July 28, we had 23 participants from the ages of 6 to 12 participate in our first ever Gandhi Youth Camp at Charles Rummel Recreation Centre in Burnaby. The day featured many workshops including a yoga session, a sustainability and self-reliancy workshop where children got to pot their own plants, and the creation of care kits for homeless men living in a shelter at the Russell Housing Centre in New Westminster. One highlight of the day was the reading and discussion of Gandhi’s Glasses, a children’s book created and illustrated by inner-city elementary school students in Toronto, Canada. Every kid had the chance to create a pair of their own “Gandhi’s Glasses” to use to reflect upon their social impact during their daily actions.

This camp day was special for all the kids and volunteers who put so much positive energy and hard work into the activities. We hope to recreate this event in the future! If you are interested in having your kids participate in this camp or would like to volunteer yourself, please contact us at gandhikidscamp@gmail.comfor more information.