Baphumelele Photo Update, July 2018

  • In a township of over 1 million people. During the time of apartheid, Khayelitsha grew as people were dislocated from their dwellings.

  • Sprawling poverty, yet people are not deterred from improving. The growth of the area quickly outpaced infrastructure and sprawling poverty ensued.

  • Security is always a concern in the township.  With over one million people, social issues are no surprise, and Rosie set out to address the needs of children left behind after the loss of parents to AIDS.

  • Clive, on the left, Rosie, Alden and Annette outside the main office. It can be a tough area not to be navigated by the unfamiliar. Clive became an indispensible part of the team. He made the introduction, did logistics planning and preparation, got us in and out, particiapted in the workshops and helped make the work a success.

  • Dr. Annette and Rosie Mashala. What a pleasure getting to work together.

  • Annette leading the women's empowerment workshop. 70 women from the community came to learn about overcoming fears that hold them back. What a gift to work with them like this.

  • High school youth commiting to graduate during the STARPOWER workshop.

  • Wonderful kids being cared for in the midst of harsh realities.

  • Alden and social worker Ndumi, an indispensible part of the workshops. She interpretated the material and made it come alive for the youth...all of this without any pre-work.

  • The safety message was reinforced with coloring page and crayons.

  • Youth commiting to complete Junior High.

  • Motto entering the community center.

  • Thank you for contributing to this work. We were able to deliver a generous gift to Rosie.


Baphumelele is a Xhosa word meaning “you have progressed.”   View the photo tour; a day of community outreach, workshops, and your financial support in action.  Please read the Meg Wheatley poem; it perfectly describes how the day played out.

Khayelitsha, July 2018
On July 21st Dr. Annette and I were able to participate in the work of Rosie Mashala and her team at the orphanage and community outreach center of Baphumelele in the township of Khayelitsha.

In a township of over 1 million people…
During the time of apartheid, Khayelitsha grew as people were dislocated from their dwellings.

Sprawling poverty, yet people are not deterred from improving.    The growth of the area quickly outpaced infrastructure and sprawling poverty ensued.

Security is always a concern in the township.
With over one million people, social issues are no surprise, and Rosie set out to address the needs of children left behind after the loss of parents to AIDS.

Clive, on the left, Rosie, Alden and Annette outside the main office.
Khayelitsha can be a tough area, one not to be navigated by the unfamiliar. Clive became an indispensible part of the team. He made the introduction, did logistics planning and preparation, got us in and out, particiapted in the workshops and helped make the work a success.

Dr. Annette and Rosie Mashala.

What a pleasure getting to work with a CNN 2017 hero.

Annette leading the women’s empowerment workshop. 70 women from the community came to learn about overcoming fears that hold them back. What a gift to work with them like this.

High school youth committing to graduate during the STARPOWER workshop.

Wonderful kids being cared for in the midst of harsh realities.

Alden and social worker Ndumi, an indispensible part of the workshops. She interpretated the material and made it come alive for the youth…all of this without any pre-work.

The safety message was reinforced with coloring page and crayons.

Youth commiting to complete Junior High during STARPOWER workshop.

Motto entering the community center.

Thank you for contributing to this work. We were able to deliver a generous gift to Rosie.

Check out the work of Rosie’s team at:   https://baphumelele.org.za/  

 

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This poem by Meg Wheatley nicely summarizes the day.

"We never know who we are" 

We never know who we are
(this is strange, isn't it?)

or what vows we made
or who we knew

or what we hoped for
or where we were

when the world's dreams
were seeded.

Until the day just one of us

sighs a gentle longing
and we all feel the change

one of us calls a name
and we all know to be there

one of us tells a dream
and we all breath life into it

one of us asks "why?"
and we all know the answer.

It is very strange.

We never know who we are.

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