The Boys from Khayelitsha – Volunteering in Cape Town

While studying in Cape Town, I was involved in SHAWCO, a non-profit organization that is doing great work for the kids in the various townships around Cape Town. I was teaching and mentoring eight 4th grade boys from the Khayelitsha Township. On the first photo is my buddy Aviwe, one of the brightest and most eager-to-learn kids I have ever crossed paths with. I am 100% sure that with his positive attitude he will be successful in life despite the disadvantaged position that he was born in. I guess he proves that ‘it doesn’t matter where you come from, all that matters is where you’re going’!

These boys taught me a lot of valuable life lessons like how to make most of everything and how to appreciate the little things in life. Just playing a game of soccer with their friends (and with me) would make their day. Or the orange and the cookie they would receive after the class because it was often the only proper food they would eat all day..

Every time I came to visit the boys at the learning center we practiced their English, did some computer lessons but most importantly we talked about what they can achieve in life. We talked about what they want to do when they grow up and about the importance of acquiring knowledge through education!

Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa

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