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Photos from South Africa

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by | March 19, 2016 · 9:44 pm

Johannesburg

We said goodbye to our host families this morning in Cape Town and arrived safely in Johannesburg. Tomorrow we leave on our safari!

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An Outing to a Local Park in South Africa

From Erin:

Since 2001 Rod Robinson has come on every South Africa service trip. He was a GS parent and former board member. He and I were discussing this year’s trip last fall when he died unexpectedly in November. His sons raised money in a memorial fund for us to use while here. Continue reading

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Service Work at Elim Night Shelter in South Africa

Today we finished painting the women’s dorm bathroom at the Elim Night Shelter. Our kids did a great job transforming the room from a murky gray to a vibrant sunshiny yellow. The staff and residents were besides themselves with joy.

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Photos from Filia School

Amedeo shares photos of the work happening at the Filia School in South Africa.

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Strand Beach

Today was a morning of church for most kids and an afternoon of beach for everyone. It was very windy. Families explained that Strand Beach, which is quite far from Cape Town, was where Coloured people came to have a picnic and play on Sundays. Of all the things that were segregated during apartheid, beaches were one of the most segregated, thus the distance from Cape Town.

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Simons Town

We had an epic day today driving the kids to Simons Town, Boulders Beach to see a penguin colony, and finally Cape Point. We finished the night with a meal at Marco’s African place.

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Filia School

Working at Filia special needs school, building a much needed wall to divide a conference space and copy room.

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Work Continues in Blikkiesdorp

Erin writes:

Yesterday we worked in two groups. One went to Filia School to complete a construction project (Amedeo will post pictures). My group went back to Blikkiesdorp to finish some gardening. Afterward we went to the Elim Night Shelter to paint the women’s bathroom. It took two coats of primer to cover the old dark grey paint. Monday we’ll paint it a warm yellow.

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Blikkiesdorp

Today was a fairly amazing day in Blikkiesdorp, a government sanctioned settlement outside Cape Town. People here live with barely any resources, including food for some. We gardened, cleaned, played games with children, and prepared food to meet the needs of many people for at least one day.

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