What a delightful group of scholars! I’m including several photos so you how diverse we are – wish I could convey how bright and earnest they are.
Matt is here from ISLP and Jenn will follow soon. Peter, Mike and Tabi are our local guides who, along with Keira from Spirit of Africa, are filling us in on history, politics, safe behavior and much more.
We had orientation and a guest lecturer to talk about health care in South Africa this morning. After lunch we split into six groups to visit various township clinics. There is nearly no middle class here. You are either well off or very, very poor. You can probably guess what skin color goes with which.
Tomorrow we have a panel discussion with three groups helping to improve education and economic status of the underserved populations. One group is the Amy Biehl Foundation and her mother will be one of the speakers. This will be very special. In the afternoon we’ll go to the Love/Life youth center that educates and supports youth with HIV/AIDS. The visit will include music, dance, and drumming.
It’s a bit cloudy and in the high sixties, so pleasant. The hotel is very nice and neat the waterfront where many are going tonight for local flavor. Me, I’m laying low and resting up.