Community Stay

This weekend we have come to the part of our orientation program known as Community Stay.  It means that from Friday through to Monday we will be staying out in the community with a family – either an orphan headed household or with a Gogo who is caring for orphans. For the 4 days and 3 nights we will do what they do.  We will get a glimpse of what it is like to walk in their shoes.  We will try to understand just some of the challenges they experience on a daily basis, we will muddle through language and

Highs and Lows

It’s hard to believe that 2 weeks of Orientation have now passed and I am staring down the barrel of week 3 already!  This past week has just flown!  And again has been a mixture of so many experiences/impacts/emotions.  For this week I thought I would share with you some of the Highs and Lows of the week: HIGHS Relationship Building in Welverdiend: On Monday we spent the day in a community called Welverdiend (where we will spend 3 nights sleeping out in at the end of this week for our community stay – more on this later).  It was

Wrestling with the injustice

Here we are at the end of the first week of orientation already, having been in Africa now for just over a week.  I find myself torn with this blog – between providing enough information about what I have been doing day to day so you know more about what my life now looks like; and between sharing some of the deeper thoughts and more internal struggles that I have been wrestling with.  So I will attempt here to give you an insight into both. Our days have been jammed packed for orientation.  Most mornings start with an 8am meeting