History: The need for a camp and retreat center came from the Rroma churches which had no affordable place to hold camps for their youth. RD, a member of the Transform Uzhhorod Alliance, had already purchased a half-acre of land to build a retreat center within walking distance of the Uzh River and Orikhivtsi Lake. This retreat center would have cabins and a meeting hall for up to 25 people.
Location : The proposed camp is a five minute walk to public park access to the Uzh River, ten minute walk to public bus stop that is connected to Uzhhorod train station, and a fifteen minute walk to a community lake for swimming.
Development Plan: Purchase another half-acre of land next to the RD property. These two lots already contain two small homes of 30m2 and 20m2. We would add a second floor to the larger house and add a two-story addition (5mX15m) adjacent to the larger home. The current first floor of the house would be the camp offices. The first floor of the addition would be the kitchen (20m2) and dining hall/meeting hall (55m2). The combined second floor would be rooms to house an additional 30 people. The land would then be cleared and leveled to allow for a parking lot and area for tent campers (up to 20 people). The smaller home would be used for storage. Sewage and bathroom facilities would also be built.
Ministry Plan: The resulting camp and retreat center would be able to accommodate up to 75 people (55 in rooms and 20 in tents). Alliance members would be able to use at a reduced rent to cover expenses. We would have the dining/meeting hall on the Alliance property and the smaller hall on the RD property for meetings.
Business Plan: We would rent out the camp and retreat center to other organizations in order to raise the funds to maintain and operate the camp facilities.
Future: Future stages would include building a larger meeting hall and some "tiny" homes to rent for income. And then we will continue to purchase adjacent land as the camp and retreat center expands.