Accessed from a CHOSA Volunteer’s Blog: LX in Africa Molweni iitshomi! (hi friends!) I miss you all, but am absolutely loving my semester in Cape Town. A very special part of my experience is my volunteer work with an organization called Children of South Africa (CHOSA), which was started by American semester abroad students. I…
In early October, CHOSA had the exciting opportunity to welcome the Weekend Warriors to Cape Town. WW joined CHOSA’s afterschool program to put on a concert for the kids. We threw a couple of guitars into the van and decided to see what would happen. WW ended up putting on an acoustic concert for the 40 or so kids who were at practice that day. It was a HUGE hit and the kids were singing their songs well into the weekend.
Thanks to everyone who attended Amafoto Ethu in Washington, DC on June 3rd! While we could have done without the torrential downpours, the braai was delicious with authentic South African boerewors, mealie pap and Mrs. Balls chutney! After braving the rain, more than 70 guests joined CHOSA at The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon campus….
This morning, NPR’s The Picture Show blog published a piece about CHOSA’s upcoming photo exhibition in Washington, DC. Since 2006, CHOSA has been running photography workshops with the kids, providing a creative outlet, encouraging critical thinking and problem solving and an opportunity for the children to show the rest of us what the world looks like through their eyes.
Ube iNtlakohlaza Emnandi (Happy Spring!)
A lot has happened since the last newsletter! The projects that you have heard so much about over the years are doing well, and many are growing. Baphumelele Children’s Home recently opened its sixth and seventh cluster homes, which provide a family structure for the children, despite the huge size of the home itself (now serving over 150 children); Emasithandane Children’s Project has purchased a piece of land in an area nearby and plans to open a new home for the kids living there long-term; Ubuhle Babantwana, a preschool we support, is developing a new building to accommodate the rapidly growing demand for the education it provides; and the Philani Family Fund has broadened its focus to not only work with single mothers, but also to take on cases from the Philani Nutrition Centre’s orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) department, which works primarily with child-headed households. Over the past eight months, the Philani Family Fund has written three scholarships for higher education, built and refurbished seven homes, and we recently took on our first micro-loan to enable a family of Zimbabwean refugees to start their own business.