Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Ina’s Blog from South Africa, Part 2
By Ina Taylor
Yesterday I went to a school in Acornhep. The children were giddy and happy speaking excitedly in their native language when I would show them the pictures I had just taken of them. They are like kids everywhere--just poorer. As far as conditions, I was surprised to learn that the schools had no water lines. They have to ship their water in and put them in large cisterns.
Since they are far from the main cities, such as, (the capital) and the fact that they might not be of the same tribe as the president, they do not get many benefits from the government. They rely strictly on donations from online organizations such as "Seeds of Light." So, if you can make donations please do.
They have a garden that they cultivate and eat from and are given supplemental vitiamins. For those who have HIV, they are too far away to get medication. The traditional dancing and singing they did for us was a joy to witness. We then went to a preschool where the conditions were not that good. For those of you who are church going maybe you can start a project and donate to these schools. Not far from the Cresh (preschool) there was a high school where I took pictures of more kids. They are so typical and charming. Afterward, we went across the road to a shop, where some of the women were weaving rugs, and ate a traditional-African dish.
Today we are going back to the dam and take a boat trip on the river. Tomorrow we will leave to go back to Joburg and then on to --a cosmopolitan beach town. Love and peace...Ina