I'm back in the States!
This trip was fun... but extremely busy. Had reunions with good friends, conquered a few Khaya-related projects, and also (and most importantly) visited the the home of the original Khaya... where it all started. A lot has changed in the past decade since I've traveled back and forth to the townships in and around Capetown--for instance, you'll see from the pictures the development that is happening on the waterfront. With every visit, I am still more reinvigorated by the possibilities and opportunities available to make a lasting impact on these Capetown communities, and the lives of these women and children.
Unfortunately, I can't take you to South Africa with me to meet the folks who live in and around Capetown, nor can I give you a first-hand tour of the community. But hopefully these images will give you a glimpse of what I get to see. (Click on images to make larger.)
Lots of development happening at the Capetown waterfront:
Nobantu means "Persons" in Xhosa. This center, administered by a group called "Women for the Peace", is where women and men come to learn skills and/or a trade to enable them to earn a living, skills like baking, sewing or gardening. Any products that are made are sold by this support organization to help secure an income for the women. The center also offers support to underprivileged children by providing meals and after school activities. Nobantu is where it all started. Whenever I'm in town, I make sure to stop by and pay my respects to these friends.
Wellington (pictured below) is where the current Khaya Cookie Company stands.