Thursday, 5 December 2013
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
We were doing just fine, we went our amicable ways, and my life in Canada swept me up and kept me busy; busy until I started to read through my interviews and with a rush of clarity, the faces, places, and laughs that marked each of my interviews and my stay in SA came rushing back to me. I can vividly recall each interview as I read through it, the voices of my friends and colleagues ringing out clear. And for the past 2 days I feel as though I've been on the brink of tears, while simultaneously smiling to myself, remembering my friends and memories.
I've got to get back, back to that place…
Thursday, 12 September 2013
I probably didn't give enough thought to the transition back from SA-Canada, before I left. But here we are. It's a bizarre feeling, trying to jump between two completely different lives. In one life, I was living in a country where I was immersed in a context defined by having one of the highest Gini coefficients in the world, and in my other life, the biggest decision I've had to make is what time to catch the [existing, available, safe, affordable] bus to school (but, that SA context has been lingering in the back of my mind with everything that I do here in Canada and it's making me feel a little uncomfortable in my own skin).
I'm not really sure how to reconcile these two worlds, or if they can even be reconciled. Things feel easy, I feel so spoilt here, and I haven't quite worked out how to deal with the collision of these vastly different worlds and feelings.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
|My partner in crime, Nduh // Lynn and Mark who have both been amazing mentors!|
|Goodbye picnic with my boys (& Petra) - I'll miss you more than you know!|
(photo credit: Sboniso)
|Goodbye Umthombo, you stole a piece of my heart|
|Injoloba friends, I have some of the best memories with you, thank you|
(photo credit: Louine Boothway)
|I love the contrast of the gogo on one side and the marathon runners on the other|
|Fresh (from Mpophomeni Youth Productions) and I with the DUCT banner|
|DUCT on DUCT|
|Puddle jumping (photo credit: Louine Boothway)|
Saturday’s turnout was great – we ended up with far more learners than usual, and the usual learners seemed even more enthusiastic than normal. It’s amazing, what I’ve noticed is this: we gain self-confidence from doing/participating in an activity, as a result of having gained that experience, we are given more responsibility which in turn feeds our enthusiasm, enabling it (and us) to flourish in the process. I’ve watched this happen over the past few months and I think it really speaks to the fact that youth thrive when they aren’t treated as kids, but rather when they’re given an opportunity to become the capable leaders that they are. Needless to say, it’s been an awesome process to observe, and to watch the learners literally flourish in front of my eyes.
|Ready to begin miniSASS-ing|
|Our Earth Mother|
|Paper mush and brick press|
|A beautiful Mbali and her paper brick|
|Freshly pressed (wet) bricks, dried paper bricks (you can see the sawdust in these), putting them to the test boiling the volcano kettle|
Friday, 23 August 2013
|Team A (or B, I'm not sure)|
|Team B (or A...)|
|Everybody is 'encouraged', shall we say, to participate!|
|Photos really don't do them justice, but these kids can dance!|
|Moses reunited with some of the students that he worked with on a previous project|