In Tirana, the capital city of Albania, Grain of Wheat Albania comes alongside children like Samet, a young Gypsy boy.

Instead of eating a nice breakfast and heading off to school, he and his family spend the day sorting through filth at the city dump looking for plastic and metal to sell.

Yet, in the midst of the far-too-heavy burdens placed on his shoulders, nothing will ever steal the joy he experienced when he was invited to a one-week camp at Grain of Wheat’s Eden Park retreat center. It was here that Samet understood the Good News of Jesus’ love for him, not only in words, but also in the way he and the other campers were personally cared for.

His mother beams with delight when she recalls, “All year, Samet kept telling and retelling everyone his stories about camp: his new friendships, the fun games, swimming in the pool, playing football and eating delicious food three times a day!”

But Samet’s week at camp was only the beginning of our long-term follow-up with him and his family. Through Grain of Wheat’s School Help Program, he is now integrated back into school and his dignity is being restored. Samet’s life-impacting week at camp has energized him to diligently pursue his school studies.

Through camp and the School Help Program, Samet, along with 18 others, has been given a livelier childhood and the hope of a brighter life with Jesus.

1,500 children came to “Eden Park” camp site in 2015.