‘Why Do Some People Live This Way, And We Live Another?’

On Sept. 21, 1984, Dede Kgotso Ntsoelengoe was brought to Robben Island, a place off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where convicted political activists were imprisoned during the Apartheid regime. Over the weekend, I listened to him talk about his experiences as I sat in the cell where he spent nearly seven years of his life along with nearly 60 other men. At … Continue reading ‘Why Do Some People Live This Way, And We Live Another?’

Educating For Change

As we stood outside the Elton John Masibambisane Daycare and After-school Care Center last week, Matome Mokgoloboto, the center’s program administrator, told us how he can’t walk properly. His legs still bear the scars of beatings he received from police officers 30 years ago as he and others like him took the fight against South Africa’s oppressive Apartheid regime to the streets. But more than … Continue reading Educating For Change

Loving A Tough Job

A few months ago, when I signed on to work with Jo’burg Child Welfare on this study abroad trip, I knew I would hear heartbreaking stories of the dire conditions South Africa’s poorest children face each and every day. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the tremendous strength of the non-profit’s employees and volunteers. As we began our interviews with members of the organization … Continue reading Loving A Tough Job