As school resumed approached, the Summer Camp at Villa Fassini in Rome, the summer camp dedicated to Ukrainian refugee mothers and children, launched last June 13 by Sport Senza Frontiere and Atlantia, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rome, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ukrainian Embassy in Italy, the Department of Civil Protection. The summer center that Sport Senza Frontiere has organized at Villa Fassini is part of Joy, a special project that winds through the summer in various Italian cities, dedicated in particular to children living in difficult or emergency situations. THEhe center of Villa Fassini welcomed over 1200 people of Ukrainian nationality, including children and mothersproviding playful, recreational, social assistance and language training activities.
Various initiatives have been activated in favor of minors and mothers, including Italian courses, a “window” for psychological counseling, dance and yoga classes, as well as 20 different sports activities (golf, judo, pilates, american football, pilates, volleyball etc). A multimedia classroom also allowed several mothers to continue their work remotely, or to keep in touch with family members who remained in Ukraine. The Summer Camp involved a team of 111 people, with numerous professional figures, including psychologists and mother tongue medical-nursing staff, cultural mediators, educators and tutors, sports technicians. The center was also an opportunity to foster the creation of a network of social relations between the community of Ukrainian refugees in Rome and the territory.
In fact, Caritas and NGOs such as the Community of Sant’Egidio and Save The Children have collaborated on the project, together with the active contribution of the workers of some production and industrial realities such as ADR Mobility, Florence Consulting Group, Message, Nynetinine, Ricoh, Vodafone. For years Sport Senza Frontiere has been dealing with social inclusion and believes that sport is a formidable tool for integration and welfare.
The Joy project for Ukrainian children has allowed many children burdened by trauma to spend the summer in a serene and constructive wayto live an experience of pisco-emotional rehabilitation, thanks also to the many activities and workshops and the presence of a large and qualified team.
“Thanks to our Italian partners, this year the Ukrainian children who were forced to leave their homes due to the war had the opportunity to spend the summer at Villa Fassini in the heart of Rome”Declared the Ukrainian Ambassador to Italy Yaroslav Melnyk. “New acquaintances – he continued – interesting initiatives, a dense program of sports activities in a serene context: this is why the summer of 2022 will remain in the memories of our children. The joy and sincerity of emotions from having been to Villa Fassini is simply impossible to describe in words! I am infinitely grateful to our friends from Atlantia, Italian institutions and NGOs for their assistance in organizing an assistance and entertainment network for young Ukrainians. Thank you for your support in this difficult time and for the unforgettable moments for our children ”concluded Ambassador Melnyk.