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

Making New (Little) Friends

About 15 toddlers showed off for us today at the Elton John Masibambisane Center. They sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.” They also proudly recited the days of the week and the months of the year. The Elton John Masibambisane Center provides daycare services to people who live in Eldorado Park, Kliptown Mandela Square, and Slovo Park. The singer donated the … Continue reading Making New (Little) Friends

Officially, Communications Consultants

We arrived in South Africa just two days ago, and it’s already been a whirlwind of a trip. This morning, our group traveled to the offices of Jo’burg Child Welfare for the very first time. For those who aren’t familiar with the organization, for over 100 years, it has worked to improve the lives of the Johannesburg area’s impoverished youth through protection, adoption, foster care, … Continue reading Officially, Communications Consultants