Today was a very special day as we visited the township of Munsieville. Munsieville is a beautiful small town with strong historical connections to the early anti-apartheid movement. This township today struggles with poverty and more than half of its residents live in informal settlements. In Munsieville we visited with Project Hope UK, an NGO that is working hard to empower the town residents to improve their living standards. Project Hope’s work focuses mainly on women and children and so we visited two daycare centers and a community center ran by them. We also visited the Thuto Lefa high school, where we met with a class of 11th grades and had a chance to talk with them and answer their questions about the United States and discuss issues relevant to today’s youth. We also spent some time talking to Mama Gloria Rebede, the sister of Nobel Peace Prize Desmond Tutu. Mama Gloria gave our group lots of good advice about life. Finally we saw a performance by a local drum and singing group.
It was definitely a very special day as we had a chance to share in with the wonderful people of this town. They shared with us all they are doing to improve life in their community and communicated with us their message of commitment to solidarity to one another. We have felt very fortunate to enjoy this opportunity to spend time with such friendly and warm hearted community and hope to maintain contact with them in the future.