Camp Laurel Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in response to the urgent need for support groups and programmed activities for children living with HIV and AIDS. Children living with this illness often face discrimination, rejection and hopelessness due to the stigma attached to the disease. As a result, the children lack self-esteem and self-worth, often contributing to the deterioration of physical and mental health.
In its eleventh year, Camp Laurel Foundation, Inc. is offered free of charge to any child living within the United States and serves over 600 children annually. The mission of Camp Laurel is to teach children living with HIV and AIDS to believe in themselves and to understand that each one of them has the ability to make his or her life as full and rich as the next child regardless of this illness. Children, who were once suicidal because of their belief they were alone in their fight against AIDS, are now coping with their illness and living fulfilled lives. Children, who have been discriminated against, now have increased confidence and are socially integrating with their peers.