After an amazing month in Mpophomeni in July, I am making my return in September!
My last trip was incredible, truly life changing. It was an awesome privilege to go out to live and work in the township, we were really welcomed into the community and the hospitality of the Zulu people was mind blowing, they really shared everything they had with us. During the month, we were kept very busy running a holiday club for over 100 orphans and vulnerable children; planting vegetable gardens enabling people to eat fresh greens; cutting down trees to make fences to go round the new gardens so the goats don't eat the veggies before the people get chance; visiting the homes and schools of the children and generally helping out around the Family Centre.
For more information about Ethembeni and Mpophomeni Family Centre where I will be based, please have a peek at their website www.ethembeni.co.za.
So, when I go back, I'll be doing similar things, but focussing much more on the under 6's in the Early Childhood Development unit, providing academic support for the older children and teaching English and computer skills (I'm a technophobe!!!) to adults. This time round, it was decided it would be too dangerous for me to stay in the township, so I'll be staying in a granny flat in a nearby town and driving in every day, which actually makes me feel more nervous because in Africa I would be considered a good driver! I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again & doing everything I can to help out in the Family Centre.
I will be trying to update the blog regularly, I should have internet access this time, which will certainly make life easier, so please keep checking back to see what adventures I've been having!