French charity pays for kids’ vacation Children gesture during a live music concert of the Vacation for Everyone day event at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015. The French charity Secours Populaire brought children from dozens of different countries, including those living through war, poverty or natural disasters, to join kids from France for a day of summer fun, allowing even those with limited means to take a vacation at the height of the French holiday season. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Paris takes in billions of euros each year from tourists. But the international vacation destination welcomed thousands of special visitors Aug. 19 with a spirit of giving.
 
The French charity Secours Populaire brought children from dozens of different countries. The youngsters included those living through war, poverty or natural disasters. They joined kids from France for a day of summer fun. Even those with limited means got to take a vacation at the height of the French holiday season.
 
Thousands of children fanned out around Paris for a treasure hunt. Others played in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Some took boat tours on the Seine River. They arrived in Paris after spending several weeks at summer camps. The camps were scattered throughout France. Both the Paris event and the camps were paid for by the charity.
 
The association's head of international cooperation is Corinne Makowski. She said the event aims to help some temporarily escape injustices and troubles that make taking holiday time off impossible.
 
Amrla Shoufi attended the event with a delegation from civil war-torn Syria. It was his last full day in France before he returns to his home city Sweida. It is near the Jordanian border. The 17-year-old said the 10 days of painting, climbing, swimming and sightseeing were a welcome relief from the dangers of his home country.
 
"It is great to have a chance to get peace when you are at war," he said.
 
Approximately 10,000 French adult volunteers helped facilitate the event.
 
Next to a concert stage, 10-year-old Chris Delaroux from the eastern French city Metz painted a multicolor model of the Eiffel Tower. He drew inspiration as he sat in front of the iconic Paris monument. The event capped his two weeks at a camp. During that time, he said he played and created memories with children from all over the world. He said he learned to embrace similarities rather than focus on differences.
 
"We are all the same," he said.

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COMMENTS (14)
  • aidanc-nar
    8/27/2015 - 10:03 a.m.

    It's was so nice that they did that for other people and what they got out of it was that they got to see other little kids so happy

  • aidanc-nar
    8/27/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    It is so nice of them to do that for others and what the people that helped with all this was probably just so happy to see smiles on other kids faces.

  • laurau-nar
    9/01/2015 - 12:54 p.m.

    that's great..

  • John0724-YYCA
    9/01/2015 - 08:53 p.m.

    Well that is very good for them to help them pay for kids who are poor and are in poverty for their vacation. Well that is very nice and those poor kids should be really happy right ow because the charity is paying for them to have fun.

  • jayonnag-ros
    9/14/2015 - 07:13 p.m.

    According to "French charity pays for kid's vacation" a holiday would be described as "peace" because the kids living through war has been brought to a peaceful place.That is why the holidays are described as "peace".

  • luciap-ros
    9/16/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    A holiday be described as peace because
    you are celiberating a holiday.

  • giovannis-ros
    9/17/2015 - 01:40 p.m.

    The holiday is peaceful.

  • camerond-ros-ros
    9/18/2015 - 12:52 p.m.

    There trying to have charity for some children to go in vacations.

  • abigailf-ros
    9/18/2015 - 02:30 p.m.

    you could call a holiday peace because a holiday is supose to be peacefull and full of happy and nice things .a word to describe that is peacefull.

  • erind-day
    9/29/2015 - 12:43 p.m.

    After reading the last article, this one put me in a much better mood because what’s better than hearing about well deserving kids experience the trip of a lifetime? (the answers nothing). I absolutely love this idea of giving children who are going through difficult times a free vacation when they may never get to take one on their own if it weren’t for this charity. These are the kind of people in the world who make up for the vast amount of bad we see everyday and I can say I applaud the people of the French charity Secours Populaire. I would love to see this idea branch off to different countries including the United States and have children in deprived areas of the world experience a carefree vacation with no expense. It’s empowering reading that over 10,000 french volunteers came together to make this day of fun happen for the children and hope to see more events like this happening in the future

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