Monthly Archives: January 2017

Day 8: Apartheid (II)

Friday was a very heavy and emotional day. It took us a while to unpack everything that we saw at the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill old prison. In a long day we learned about the struggle for a large part of South Africa to find their freedom. We also learned about the human toll that it took for that to happen. At the Apartheid Museum we were fortunate to meet with the father of Won Sun Mbengeni, one of our faculty leaders from ALA. He told us firsthand about his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and his suffering through it. A very intense day for all of us.

DSC_3153 DSC_3152 DSC_3127 DSC_3120 DSC_3103Friday was a very heavy and emotional day. It took us a while to unpack everything that we saw at the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill old prison. In a long day we learned about the struggle for a large part of South Africa to find their freedom. We also learned about the human toll that it took for that to happen. At the Apartheid Museum we were fortunate to meet with the father of Won Sun Mbengeni, one of our faculty leaders from ALA. He told us firsthand about his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and his suffering through it. A very intense day for all of us.

 

Day 8: Apartheid 

Today we are visiting the Apartheid Museum in Soweto and the old prison at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. For us to understand the reality of this country today it is important to learn about the difficult moments of its recent history.

Here are a couple of photos from the trip. We will update with more info when we are back on campus.

Day 7: More BUILD work

Today we spent the morning in classes with our chommies. In the afternoon we continued our BUILD lab work. We are making progress in our BUILD projects, which we are hoping to start delivering soon after our return to Farmington. These are very diverse projects designed using the BUILD model, we are looking forward to seeing them in action soon.

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Day 7: The Morning Break

At ALA we eat six times a day. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner we also have three snack times: mid morning, mid afternoon and late evening. The morning break and snack time is definitely a favorite. At 10:30 there is a 45 minute break during which everyone comes out of their buildings and enjoys a snack and a little relaxation time. It feels so good to just sit outside on the grass or under a tree and catch up with a friend or just listen to the birds.

Here are some photos of our morning break today.

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Day 6: Full Day of Classes

Today we shadowed our chommies on a full day of classes. Our girls find the courses fascinating, whether it is Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, Math or Writing. Very dynamic classes with lots of group work and teachers who don’t stop challenging the students at an individual level.

Today we asked our group to send a selfie with something/someone special. This is what they sent

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Day 5: Afternoon Meeting with Local Entrepreneurs

Our afternoon meeting with local entrepreneurs was definitely a highlight of this trip. What a panel of incredible women. First we met 16 year-old Rabia Ghoor, who a little over a year ago founded Swiitch Beauty, a beauty brand that is quickly emerging as a new leader in the beauty product market in South Africa.

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Then we met Mam Khanyi, a mother of five who started rescuing children in her neighborhood who were victims of trafficking. She decided to abandon her import/export business career to help these children. Eighteen years later she now takes care of over one  hundred children through an organization she founded.

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Finally we heard from Deshun Deysel, the first black woman to climb Mount Everest. She told us not only about her 1996 climbing expedition but also about her business and her career as a motivational speaker and a leadership trainer.

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