This is the last week Emile Richter shows tourists around the restored watermill in 19th century village Elim. The village land is owned by the Moravian church and only villagers are allowed to build a house on a designated plot. Emile is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the village including upgrade of the roads in and to/from. The watermill however is his favourite and he was deeply involved in the recent restoration of this monumental living piece of old-fashioned craftsmanship. Emile had this plan to grain locally harvested wheat and sell it locally and to tourists. The funding was already taken care for 3 years ago but as in everything the ‘mother church’ in Germany (‘Herrnhuters‘ ; English: Moravian Church) has to give permission first and that can take a long time Richter experienced. “In the church I always learned to tell the truth and nothing else but the truth. Now I’ve told them the truth they dismissed me as guide on a very short notice”.
Tomorrow is Emile Richter’s last day as host at the watermill.
I’m not much in favor of all kinds of photography competitions for which you have to pay an entrance fee to participate. But now I made an exception. Although there is a jury that makes the final decision people can also vote for me online. The more votes the bigger the chance to win the JACKPOT of 75,000 US-Dollars. If I should win it (which is most probably beyond any imagination) I donate one third to the NGO Food4Thought here in Stanford, South Africa. This community based NGO runs a pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop that is virtually fully privately funded with well trained teachers, born and bred in Die Kop. The school is one of the best of its kind in the Western Cape. The NGO is fully accountable and periodically independently audited and complies therefore even for funding from the USA (strict regulations over there when it comes to funding South African projects).
As theme for the photographic competition I choose for the village me and my wife/companion-for-life Yvonne are living. Just Stanford as I see and enjoy it.
Thanks for voting!