HAL’s President and CEO Stein Kruse with the Nordkamp children.
The Nordkamp Center and its mission were originally brought to the attention of HAL Cruise Director Bruce Scudder last year on the Rotterdam Grand Voyage by Mariner Joe Oakes who knows Center Director Mary Beth Gallagher. Immediately, plans got under way to organize an event to take place during the call by Amsterdam.
An excited group of children from the Bernhard Nordkamp Center boarded the ship with their sponsors for a tour and lunch. The kids then had the opportunity to be coached by the Amsterdam’s show cast and stage team, and they then performed what they had learned for guests in the Queen’s Lounge.
The Nordkamp Center makes sure all children are enrolled in school with uniforms and school supplies, and offers hot lunches and after-school activities including arts and crafts, homework assistance, reading and library time, computer sessions, educational games, choir and sports. On Saturdays, a soccer (football) program allows street children to form their own teams and rewards the kids for good conduct on and off the field rather than by games won. Soccer uniforms, shoes and balls are the valued prizes awarded to the most courteous, cooperative and respectful teams. On Sundays, when the weather is warm, the children go to the municipal swimming pool for lessons and more opportunity for positive social interaction.
Guests had the opportunity to donate to this worthwhile cause through fundraising activities that took place prior to their arrival in Walvis Bay. Learn more about the Nordkamp Center and how you can support it here