Our Second Weekend in Chintsa – Nelson Mandela Museum in Quno

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We had originally planned to begin our tour of the Wild Coast with a tour of the Nelson Mandela Museum in the Umtata Bhunga Building for an experience in following the footprints of a man whose long walk to freedom … Continue reading

Our Second Weekend in Chintsa – Bulungula Lodge

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After our overnight stay at the Mbolompo Home stay, we began the next day with a tour by Roger Galloway, who is coordinating the building of home stays in the of the rural village of Zithulele; located in the Eastern … Continue reading

Our Second Weekend in Chintsa – Mbolompo Home Stay

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For our second weekend we traveled to Mbolompo, on the Southern Wild Coast, for a cultural experience in a traditional Xhosa village with a Xhosa family.  We spent our first night at the Mbolompo Home Stay. The homestead belongs to … Continue reading

Our First Weekend in Chintsa East

Though we were some hard workers in Chintsa East, our weekends were planned to be fun!  We spent our first weekend in Chintsa East and most of the time studying.

We did take time to enjoy the beach!  Because our house was beach front, we only lived a short walk to the beach.

While we were at the beach, we saw people beach horse riding.

We thought about trying it, but we never got the chance.  Though, it was fun just watching other people do it.

GREAT time at the beach!

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Our Work is Done, But Gwegwesha’s Needs Continue

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We are PROUD to see how Gwegwesha Day Care Center has progressed since our arrival! We were able to leave them with a small gift.  Remember, the picture I said, “Remember this picture?”  Well, we had it blown up, framed … Continue reading

Toilets for Gwegwesha Day Care Center

Because Wellington is a very resourceful community leader, he learned of Volunteer Africa 32 South and the work they did to uplift and develop rural African schools.  He reached out to them for assistance.  They agreed and made a commitment to help him, which is how we connected to his project.

Before our arrival, Volunteer Africa had previously connected a group from Germany to work on Wellington’s project.  They were successful in building the fence around the property and refurbishing the inside roof in the shelter.  They did not stop there.  Because the shelter was just one room, there was no bathroom.  The children were using a little potty that was outside on the side of the shelter; no privacy amongst each other or anyone else.  The Germany group saw this as a priority need, when they were working at the crèche and they collected funds from their friends in Germany and purchased outside toilets (portal potties) for the crèche.

By the time we arrived, installing the toilets was next on the agenda.  The Germany group had already completed digging the holes for the toilets.

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The next step was building the foundation for the toilets, which included making and laying cement.

Wellington had different piles of rocks and sand on his land.  We needed to transport the rocks and sand across the road to the creche grounds.  We used one wheel barrel and filed it up with rocks.  After it was filled, Ronald, one of the project helpers or Denver would walk it across the road to the Crèche.

Next, we had to mix the rocks and sand.  Then add water, cement and mix it all together.

Next, the board for the cement had to be laid.

Then tailored with a hole for the toilet.

 

Next, the steps for the cement to be added.

Next, the cement was poured onto the board.

And that was the end of our week.  The work continued with the other four of our group, the next week.  When we returned for our second week, the toilets were installed!

Now, the kids can have privacy when using the toilets!  Denver had to teach them to stand in a line.  

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Resources at African Angels

I was most impressed with the resources available to the children at African Angels.

They receive traditional dance lessons from Yiva Mpatana, who lives in Chintsa Village.

They receive yoga lessons called “Wiggles.”

They receive recorder lessons.

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They have community volunteers that come in just to spend time with them.

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African Angels Independent School

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As Volunteer Interns, we worked in two different projects: African Angels Independent School in Chintsa Gwegwesha Day Care Center in Mzwini African Angels is a non-profit organization based in Chintsa in the Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides quality … Continue reading