FAMILY VOLUNTEERING CAPE TOWN (OR INTERNATIONALLY?) AUGUST 2011-08-25
Volunteers Direct and the children of Imizano Yetho township have just said a sad farewell to their first “family of volunteers”.
Originally the father, Nick and eldest daughter, Kim, aged 18 had volunteered to continue our Volleyball Project at 5 Cape Town township schools. Nick is a top coach in the Netherlands and Kim plays top league volleyball.
The family later decided that younger daughter, Jessie,15 and mum, Ellen, should also be involved and they all booked their tickets to Cape Town.
Jessie, also a good player, helped with the volleyball while Ellen assisted the teacher in a Grade 5 class at Oranjekloof School and in the afternoons helped with our Homework Class.
Due to our local contacts we accommodated the family in a lovely apartment directly across the road from Camps Bay’s palm fringed beach.
The family interacted well with the kids of the Imizano Yetho and were able to get some feel for life at the opposite end of their spectrum – the 2 girls attended the weekly Girls Club run by Nandipha, where issues such as AIDS, teenage pregnancy, rape and general poverty are openly discussed.
They attended Sunday morning service in the makeshift township church, and supported the school football games, and together with our full group of 8 volunteers they took township children to watch Ajax Cape Town play an exciting match at the new Cape Town stadium.
Through our involvement with St George’s Cathedral we managed, over breakfast after the morning Mass to introduce the family to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and he was, as usual, on top form.
During a long holiday weekend the family took a trip up the beautiful Garden Route with our sister company – Trek Direct. Besides the scenery they enjoyed a sunset cruise on Knysna Lagoon and had fun riding ostriches at a show farm in Oudtshoorn.
All in all a tremendous month’s experience and what a great decision to bring the whole family. We are sure the past month will leave a lasting impression on their two teenage daughters