- Mohamedabbas Khaki
- Aliasgher Rajani
- Armaanally Hasham
- Hadi Yusuf
- Hussain Ahmed
- Hussein Chagani
- Husseinali Shariff
- Mikael Abdulrasul
- Mohsinali Khalfan
- Salman Murji
- Tariq Sheriff
- Packed lunch (chicken sandwich & fruit)
Everyone met in the mosque, we went walking together, it was a long trip going to kizimkazi. During the ferry some Campers had gone to the bow of the ship supervised by mentors and the admins to see the ocean and enjoy the wind. They were packed lunches given on the ferry. Then we continued the trip by bus were everyone kept asking when we’ll reach. After reaching we prayed namaaz together and moved packing to their allocated rooms. Then the tour started we saw the basketball court, animals, plants, and common grounds. We then prayed again and went to eat pillau, then talked about tomorrow’s plan and went to sleep.
Campers – Maji
Yesterday, July 8th was the first day of the camp. It was very exciting and exhilarating. We woke up early to meet up at mosque and started to prepare for the campers as well as finalizing all the items that needed to be packed before we left for the Zanzibar ferry.
As soon as everything was ready, all the campers got to go through the check in with their parents. Once completed, they said their khudahafiz and joined into their element groups. My fellow mentor and I were ready to receive them as we introduced ourself, welcomed them into the group and sat with them as we all did introductions to get to know one another.
After all the campers started to get comfortable with one another, we had a small briefing session handled by Sheikh Shirazi on a couple of ground rules, as well as reminders to the campers on the importance of maintaining good akhlaq throughout the camp.
Once all the campers were ready, after depositing our sadqa we left the mosque to head over to the ferry. We got on the ferry all together; the mentors took this chance to start getting to know their campers on a more one to one approach. The mentors also started to notice if there were any campers that got along with each other very well and took note of it for the rest of the camp. The ferry ride very very enjoyable as we could hear a lot of conversation taking place as well as laughter. Even the boys who got a chance to head into the front deck kept talking about how the wind was so amazing.
Once we reached Zanzibar, we got onto our buses in our element groups. Those who were feeling tired got a chance to rest. For the others who were awake, a mentor was leading a game while everyone was sitting during the bus ride. The campers seemed to enjoy this and it kept them fresh and alert as we approached the campsite.
Once we arrived, we immediately fell in love with the scenery of nature around us. From the trees and plants surrounding is to the magnificent ocean view. We really felt connected to the Earth.
We had a small activity session at night followed by some group time for the mentors to bond further with their campers. One of the most interesting things that I noted was how quickly and easily the campers started to befriend each other and bond with us mentors.
All the campers were ushered into their room and put to bed by 9:30pm. This is so that they can get enough sleep for the next day. After all, they will have to wake up for fajr and will not have a lot of time to rest during the day due to the exciting schedule we have prepared for them.