Every session, our machaneh (camp) participates in Tikkun Olam, which translates to Repairing the World. This is when we leave camp and do community service in the surrounding areas. A huge part of our education is to teach the chanichim (campers) about social justice and actualization, and by participating in Tikkun Olam, we allow our chanichim to both learn about social issues and to take part in fixing the problems.
Yesterday, the entire machaneh (camp) worked with Repair the World, a non-profit organization focused on empowering young adults and communities through community service and Jewish learning (http://www.meetup.com/Repair-the-World-Baltimore/). We split into three groups and each headed to different community garden sites in inner city Baltimore. These gardens were made in food desert communities, where there are no accessible grocery stores in the area for the residents to go to. The gardens were made so that people in the community could come and take vegetables that they needed. The aim was to make sure everyone in the communities had access to healthier food.
The chanichim (campers) helped take weeds out of the gardens so the vegetables could grow more easily. They also helped pick up trash in the surrounding areas.
After helping in the garden, the chanichim (campers) had a conversation about food deserts and food justice, which is the idea that everyone deserves access to healthy and affordable food. The chanichim were able to both learn about an important social issue, as well as help out their surrounding communities.