Home Sweet Home

These pictures show how millions of South Africans are housed.

To avoid misunderstandings: it’s NOT the homestead of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. This guy has always been very privileged … ūüėČ …; most probably never stayed in a shack (well I did and it was quite an experience. Everything there except electricity and a toilet …)

These pictures are part of a documentary serie I’m engaged in for the NGO Food4Thought which runs the pre-primary school Funimfundo (= ‘Seeking Knowledge’) in the location (township/informal settlement) Die Kop nearby my village. The school is privately funded (no state involved), exists for 10 yrs and is regarded as one of the best in the Western Cape.

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Mandela Day in the village

Today we celebrated Mandela Day at the pre-primary school Funimfundo in informal settlement Die Kop near our village. For 67 (+) minutes around 20 volunteers from all walks of life worked in the garden or were engaged with improving the plumbing. And the children? They had their afternoon nap (more or less, see pics) and dreamt of a better world. One of the volunteers bought special boots for the occasion: “Food for all” is her motto.

 

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Greetings from an extraordinary pre-primary school

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The children are not as shy as head-mistress Nonkosinathi¬†to pose in front of the camera and yet, sitting on a swing, she feels like one of her ‘students’.

Funimfundo (Xhosa for ‘Seeking Knowledge’) is an extra-ordinary pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop just outside our village. The school is privately funded via the NGO Food 4 Thought¬†and fundraising (in Europe and USA but also in South Africa) is needed to keep the school alive and kicking.

The initiative for the school came, in 2003, from Die Kop (especially the ‘mothers’). ¬†Funimfundo grew in 10 years to one of the best Pre-Schools in the Western Cape. ¬†The teachers (fully qualified after an extensive training funded by Food 4 Thought) ¬†all originate (‘born and bred’) from Die Kop. At the moment there are 55 pupils and significant is that a majority of them are from the village and raised by parents who value good education in line with their own traditional values.

It’s heart warming!!!

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Images in one impression

Remember me going to the Graduation Ceremony of the pre-primary school in a nearby location (township) in South Africa? Well here is what I distilled from the few hundred pictures I made. It’s about children and the joy people have despite severe poverty. And also about a community leader as one of the many who made it all possible. There is not much written history about the different tribes in South Africa and certainly not much from books is known to people in communities like this. But they inherited a story-telling culture and history flows in one or another way from generation to generation. Not the history of facts but a history of ancestry and spirituality. Due to influences of modern times the cultural heritage is threatened with ‘uprooting’ leaving people without knowledge about their cultural background and without hope, without future….

The Swing and some more pictures of 'township' Die Kop

Yesterday afternoon we went to the graduation ceremony of the pre-primary school in the location (‘township’) near our village. It’s a privately funded school and supported by all parents and others of the little community named Die Kop (= the Head). It’s also one of the best pre-primary schools in South Africa and seemingly the provincial and national government are not aware of this or keep their eyes closed… Anyway once there I took the opportunity to make some pictures and ‘guided’ by one of the previous pupils of the pre-primary I had a ‘grand tour’ and I can assure you that more ‘privileged’ South Africans should do the same. It’s an eye-opener!!! Meeting people who are able to make something our of nothing; experiencing great true hospitality ….. so much different from the stories especially tourists are told. The organization Food for Thought (more info via:¬†food4thoughtstanford -at- gmail.com donations are always welcome!) has invested quite a lot in this community during the past 10 years and it is one of the relatively few projects in the Western Cape with a sustainable character. It’s in places like this where the seeds of the future of South Africa are germinating. Education is important and so unfortunate that this is so much underestimated by many people in this country. But this is not about politics; I just want to introduce you to a colorful community and silently hope (probably against all odds) that one day more people take the first step to a mutual beneficial understanding… Click on thumbnails for enlargement and get an idea of a ‘portrait of a community’.

The Swing and some more pictures of ‘township’ Die Kop

Yesterday afternoon we went to the graduation ceremony of the pre-primary school in the location (‘township’) near our village. It’s a privately funded school and supported by all parents and others of the little community named Die Kop (= the Head). It’s also one of the best pre-primary schools in South Africa and seemingly the provincial and national government are not aware of this or keep their eyes closed… Anyway once there I took the opportunity to make some pictures and ‘guided’ by one of the previous pupils of the pre-primary I had a ‘grand tour’ and I can assure you that more ‘privileged’ South Africans should do the same. It’s an eye-opener!!! Meeting people who are able to make something our of nothing; experiencing great true hospitality ….. so much different from the stories especially tourists are told. The organization Food for Thought (more info via:¬†food4thoughtstanford -at- gmail.com donations are always welcome!) has invested quite a lot in this community during the past 10 years and it is one of the relatively few projects in the Western Cape with a sustainable character. It’s in places like this where the seeds of the future of South Africa are germinating. Education is important and so unfortunate that this is so much underestimated by many people in this country. But this is not about politics; I just want to introduce you to a colorful community and silently hope (probably against all odds) that one day more people take the first step to a mutual beneficial understanding… Click on thumbnails for enlargement and get an idea of a ‘portrait of a community’.