This was our first visit to the area known as Eikenhof - far south of
Johannesburg and east of Soweto proper.
We had been introduced to the area by our volunteer driver, Joel, who brings Lindi, Wandi (and now Mabel) to KAS volunteer days every Tuesday. He doesn't live in Eikenhof, but has many contacts there through his church.
The arrangement is for Joel to (kindly) collect Wandi from the other end of Soweto and meet me on the Nasrec offramp going south east.
We are used to getting lost, but this time it was my fault COMPLETELY ... and I was made to eat humble pie.
I brought Oti along with me and we were chatting so hard I took the wrong offramp ... however Joel was very patient and back-tracked to find us so that he could lead the rest of the way.
I did recognise one part - we drove straight past Nkosi's Haven where we had distributed blankets in 2010. Those beautiful, fully completed blankets were collected in Philadelphia at a concert of the Soweto Gospel Choir, organised by KAS member Debbie Postmontier and others. The SG choir members were presented with the blankets on stage at the end of their performance by Debbie and her team; they wrapped them around their shoulders and sang something special (sorry for this memory !!!) ... then brought them home to SA if I recall correctly. And we distributed them to Nkosi's - perhaps the most well-known (and among the first) care home for orphaned and vulnerable children set up by Carol Johnston. Google will have the details .... it's a beautiful story of the courage shown by 11 year old Nkosi in disclosing his status in public.
We are off the track again .....
The children were friendly and relaxed and the teachers patient and kind - the two aspects go hand in hand and make for a happy experience always.
We spent the first 20 minutes exchanging the thumb-snaps accompanied by exclamations of "sharp-sharp" and at the end of it I discovered the children had nicknamed me "HAWA - YEEEEEUUUUUWWW" !!!
Surely that's not how I sound when I say, "HI - HOW ARE YOU ?" !!!
Oti and Wandi collapsed in a fit of giggles when we started to leave and they all waved and shouted ...
"BYE - HAWA - YEEEEUUUUWWW" in unison !
Ablution block - such a special effort, we thought!
A little yellow cupcake - adorable!
Lovely to see a teddy tucked into the top of this child's top
- loved already!
A KAS Cuddlebug being enjoyed ... and admired !!
A nice group with the KAS banner in the background. (We really do need to have more of these made in the new year!)
A real effort had been made in this otherwise extremely poor informal settlement area. Can you see the little garden?
I rather liked the rearview mirror effect ...