Kanika: Poet. Lover of Words. One who tells the stories of the mundane and inanimate. Bearer of Light, Water, and Sky.
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I was blessed to land a very affordable ticket to Johanesburg, South Africa this year. Though my trip was very short my experience was life changing. I had the opportunity to encourage teachers and students of Willow Cresent Highschool and speak my truth on a local radio station! This was my first trip to Africa and in an amazing turn of events, I'll be visiting Ghana, West Africa in a few days! Here are a few photos from my trip. They don't fully capture the essence of the people or the smell of the air but I hope you can see the color. Everything vibrated at such high frequency. Colors seemed more saturated and vibrant. Even in the townships that were surrounded by trash and dirt, I was overwhelmed by the color of it all.
I left a piece of my heart with the children of Willow Crescent High school. I so desperately want to get back to them and help them accomplish their dreams. I don't quite know how Spirit will manifest that desire but I truly feel I'll know the answer soon. Willow Crescent High School sits in the midst of a neighborhood of Johannesburg known as Eldorado Park. Once the crown jewel of the area, it now wears the scars of neglect. There is hope for Willow Crescent however. The alumni of the school have made it their business to restore the school to its previous state. Measures have been taken replace broken windows and doors, complete landscaping, and now, with the assistance of the One Love Trust and Romal Tune, they are building a kitchen. Currently the students, refered to as learners, attend a full school day and receive no meals. The learning environment that I observed requires focus and I can only imagine how difficult that must be for some students that are not fortunate enough to pack a lunch and snack. I'll be posting more photos soon. Enjoy!
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