Emily Wogelius just shared the following words and pictures:
“I just wanted to share some of my thoughts about our amazing trip to Munsieville today! It was a very eye opening experience for me. I saw so much joy and happiness when I was expecting to see sadness and poverty. We talked about happiness and how the people there truly have found happiness because their culture is based on community and family and things that matter rather than materialistic things…..the trip today was amazing and the people I met and am continuing to meet are incredible.”
Mama Gloria Tutu Redebe
I just heard from Santi that the groups experience today was “unbelievable!!!” They are back on the ALA campus and heading to dinner. I will post more details and pictures when they are available.
A BIG THANK YOU to Trustees Sharon and Michael McQuade for making this experience a possibility and for connecting us to Project Hope.
After breakfast, the girls boarded a bus to travel to Munsieville to spend a day working with Project Hope, interacting with and learning about the community of Munsieville, AND visiting with Mama Gloria Tutu Redebe, the sister of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in the house where they grew up!
Katherine caught up with a few girls as they were heading off this morning:
Santi says, “Time is flying by so fast… tonight marks the equator of our trip to ALA. In the past four days our girls have immersed themselves in the life of this amazing school, they have started new friendships and, most importantly, embarked on a journey of self discovery and realization of their own potential. Our girls are learning and starting to use tools for innovation and development that can be used to actually achieve change in the world. They are already implementing these newly acquired tools in their research projects with the determination of making an impact when they return to Porter’s. We only have four more days ahead of us, and we will be sure to make the most of them.
We are excited to get ready tomorrow for our visit with the Project Hope organization in the township of Munsieville. Project Hope is an organization that partners with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to work with communities to address the needs of vulnerable children. We look forward to seeing the work of an organization that is impacting the lives of so many children, as we are hopeful to be able to also achieve positive change.”
As the day winds down, the girls have some free time to play cards and hang out with their new friends, before gathering as a group to reflect on their experience today and the week ahead with Porter’s faculty, some of which Santi recorded.