We headed north out of Houston, stopping at Camp Kappe in Plantersville, Texas. This is a youth camp that teaches environmental awareness and empathy for the plight of those in the Third World. At the camp is a “global village.” The director is Sister Thomas Ann, a Dominican nun who started the camp in 1981. She has spent time in Africa, Japan, Mexico… and developed a real understanding of the plight of Third World people worldwide. In the last entry, I talked about a couple illegal immigrants from Guatemala, and their long trek to this country to get help for their mom who is sick. Sr. Thomas Ann lived in Guatemala. She described the poverty she saw there. She said it wasn’t uncommon to see 10 to 12 family members living in a shack “the size of my kitchen.” There was no running water, no indoor toilet, rice soup as a staple (maybe once a day) kids playing soccer in the streets with raw sewage running by… To raise awareness about all this, Camp Kappe has built five proto-type houses to give youth in this country a much better feel for how others live worldwide. The houses are replicas of what you’d see in places like Guatemala, North Africa, Indonesia… Some of the houses, for instance, have black pots over an open flame outside. Sr. Thomas Ann will explain to the American youth that half of the world still cooks outside. Note: Sr. Thomas Ann said that the camp regularly hosts inner city kids who, for most of their lives, have been literally encased in concrete and broken glass.