“The Miracle of Cognition” – annual event for blind and visually impaired children

Camp concept

There are more than 500 children in Lithuania, who have vision disabilities, which externally function as impairments of orientation and mobility as well as exploratory activities. For this group of people participation in societal activities is possible only with the help of others. In the developmental programs for these children there are extra assigned lessons of orientation, mobility and self-service skills. However, these lessons are not sufficient enough, that’s why blind or people, who suffer from all kinds of vision impairments, have low self-confidence and often lack courage to explore or travel to public places, like pools, theaters, ice-skating arenas and etc. The goal of this project is to teach children orientation and mobility in a unique environment, also providing them with new experiences and skills.  

The project “The Miracle of Cognition 2019”, organized by Klaipėdos Senamiesčio Rotary club and Klaipėdos vision developmental center, is organized annually starting from 2011. It received recognition not only from the region of Klaipėda but also across Lithuania. The reason behind this is that this camp accepts children from a variety of Lithuanian regions and other countries. There is no analogy for this project in the Baltic states.

From 2015 this camp got the title of being international. The participants arrived from Estonia, Latvia and even Belarus. There was initiated contact and collaboration between the Rotary clubs located in those countries, which took care of the free trip the foreign participants take to Lithuania.

The reviews and experiences shared from the foreign participants ensured a continuation of this project in an international span. This year is no exception. With financial stability there is a plan to invite even more foreign participants, also ensuring that the number of Lithuanian participants does not decrease, as well as making sure that different children get to experience the summer camp. It is important to note, that priority will be given to socially supported families.







Organizers:
Klaipėdos senamiesčio Rotary klubas
Klaipėdos regos ugdymo centras


General sponsor:
Rotary fondas
Klaipėdos senamiesčio Rotary klubas 2


Sponsors:
Geležinio Vilko RAC
UAB “NEO GROUP”
UAB Litcargus
Rangos Era
Afalita Shipping
UAB Lavango group
UAB Infroarma
UAB Rangova
UAB Stakmė
Lietuvos aklųjų ir silpnaregių sąjunga
Klaipėdos Rotary klubas „Aditė“
Klaipėdos Concordia
Klaipėdos Rotary
Kęstutis Plačenis


Media partners:
Balticum TV
Atvira Klaipėda
15min


Partners:
Klaipėdos dramos teatras
Klaipėdos autobusų parkas
Ibis Styles Klaipeda Aurora
UAB Švyturys-Utenos alus
Lietuvos draudimas
Tarptautinis Klaipedos Rotaract klubas
Šviesos Jūra
UAB Zeelandia
Klaipėdos apskrities vyriausiasis policijos komisariatas
Draugas-Draugui
Monika Pundziūtė (MONIQUE)


Volunteers:
Laima Glaveckienė, Camp leader and director of the school for visualy impaired children
Regina Bytautienė, leader of the social development section
Virginija Paplauskienė, medic
Laima Bukauskaitė, teacher in tiflology
Roma Jokubaitienė, teacher in tiflology
Zita Jakienė, gym class teacher
Ina Mažeikienė, teacher in tiflology
Loreta Aukštuolienė, teacher of artistic development
Rita Razmienė, teacher in ceramic arts
Juratė Šatkutė, artistic development educator (arts)
Birutė Bartkienė, teacher in tiflology