June 23, 2019: This weekend, we spent a day taking a tour in Langa, one of South Africa’s oldest townships which is just under 30 minutes’ drive away from Vrygrond. There, we learned a lot about the culture, with a crash course in drumming, a dance performance (including gumboot dance) from the kids involved with Happy Feet Youth Project, and a scrumptious feast cooked by a woman who opened her home to us.
Though it isn’t very far, Langa looks entirely different from Vrygrond. Our tour guide explained that a lot of people choose to stay in Langa and build a life, including small businesses. This gives me hope for the community in Vrygrond: that with the proper supports put into place, they too can make substantial developments and become a better place to live.
Below are some photos of the performers from the Happy Feet Youth Project:
Join our ECE students on EDvance's sixth annual summer study abroad Honor's Program in Cape Town, South Africa. Students are assigned to two different creches (preschool centers) in an informal settlement/township known as Vrygrond. EDvance has teamed up with True North, a local non-profit organization, to facilitate trainings and provide support to the preschool centers in Vrygrond.
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