We leave Capetown this morning for the township of Guguletu and will likely be out of contact for the three days while we’re there staying with host families. We have had a blessed week of introduction and orientation to beautiful South Africa and to the incredible issues facing the people of this country, particularly with regard to the AIDS epidemic and issues still resulting from Apartheid laws. The laws have gone away, but the racial and economic disparities are so tremendous, even 20 years later that there are many townships in which people are in such a state of poverty that water and electricity are not even an option. We will be going to visit, worship with, and learn from those in a community where there are positive steps being taken to in order to create hope and continue forward. The people of Guguletu were forced out of their homes and off of their land decades ago, because of the color of their skin. Whites wanted “white only” neighborhoods and cities and under Apartheid laws, it became legal to simply kick others out…check out the blog on Wednesday for more info, updates, and photos!
We would love to post more photos, but this has been difficult due to our internet connection (or lack thereof).
Much love to all of you–we love to read and share your comments and are looking forward to many more!
Peace and blessings be with you,
Karen (and the entire South Africa global justice trip group)