Monday, 14 July 2014

Siyathuthuka

Our first full day in South Africa was spent in the community of Clau Clau in the home based care facility called Siyathuthuka, when translated means progression. Here, we met mama Jane who introduced us to the care workers from the community. Both the local children and the care workers were extremely welcoming. Our welcome meeting consisted of song and dance. At first this was quite uncomfortable however after the first song we were all joining in and dancing along.

We were then separated in to four groups, each with a care worker to carry out home visits.  Everyone's experiences were different but we all expressed how we received a warm welcome from the local families and how they were as grateful as we were to be there.  Even though there was a slight language barrier we were able to ask questions about the things we had seen and experienced, with pretty interesting responses. As well as being asked questions by the locals about ourselves.

We returned to the home based care facility and were greeted by a lot of excited children who we played games, sung songs and spent time with.  The care workers prepared  the food we bought and we all shared this lunch together with the children.

After this we said our goodbyes and headed back to the accommodation where we enjoyed our home cooked meal prepared by the hospitality team. Agnes's famous fried chicken with Chaklalaka and rice was a delight :)

Now time for an early night to be up and ready for our next South African experience and new accommodation for 8am.  






The Colton/Cheslyn Hay team 2014  (Lizzy, Harriet, Sharon and Leanne)