|Groenkloof, photo courtesy of Mike Rezin. Check out his facebook which is regularly updated with photos and blurbs from South Africa: https://www.facebook.com/michael.rezin.7|
|Setting off on a hike, photo courtesy of Mike Rezin.|
|Christine and zebra, photo courtesy of Mike Rezin.|
|Matt looking regal on his horse, photo by Stephen.|
|Mike's horse was a bit of a troublemaker, never wanting to follow the crowd. Photo by Stephen.|
|Jen excited for the ride, photo by Stephen.|
As for the rest of the group, a couple people went to a farm with friends, and then a larger group went camping with 12th years from a high school in the community they are serving.
This Fordham group (roughly half of us) teach a life skills class to the students (12th years/seniors), and the camping trip was a great way for the Fordham students to become acquainted with the high-schoolers. It was a bonding experience that formed the basis for relationships that continue to grow as the Fordham students visit and teach at the school one to two days a week.
Other placements for us include agriculture, home based care, the computer labs, and arts and crafts. In agriculture, my own placement, we've been working in the fields with agricultural workers. Recently we cleared a corn field for new crop, planted cabbage seedlings, and created new bedding for future seedlings. Home based care visits the homes of the sick and elderly, helping however is needed. In the computer labs, basic skills are taught such as efficient typing technique. And in arts and crafts, women create hats, mats, and other merchandise from recycled plastic bags.
While the first weeks of service were slow, and much sorting had to happen, we have found our footing in our placements.
Later that first full week of March, Father Egan, our history professor, took us to see a play in Johannesburg called The Island. Featuring gifted actors and a bold script, the play was an intense cultural experience and history lesson. And it was the precursor to the best weekend yet in South Africa, but I'll cover that in my next entry!
Thanks for stopping by,
~The Cloud Catcher