Last meeting, we learned more about the history of South Africa by watching short clips on apartheid, the Sharpeville Massacre, and the Soweto Uprising. It was heartbreaking to watch and see how peaceful the African people were trying to be in protesting apartheid and yet they were shot at and attacked as they were running away from the police.
It was also shocking to see that the police could take people into custody and keep them in custody to brutally try and get information out of them. When they unfortunately died, the police would claim they died of a “hunger strike” when in reality, that was not the case. I admire how strong these people were to have survived this time and to have had the strength to stand up and fight for their rights and what they truly believed in. I look forward to traveling to South Africa and seeing some of these historic places such as Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island.
Learning more about the history of South Africa allowed us to gain background knowledge on how the families and children we are going to be working with have lived. The level of equality simply does not compare. This is why some of the children fall into drugs and prostitution when school is not in session. As you probably know by now, when our group travels to South Africa in January, we are going to be hosting a week-long summer camp for the children (ages 8-14) that attend the Vaatjie Primary School. In order to gain the necessary amount of funds to buy the supplies to put on this summer camp, our group has split into numerous subgroups to have more fundraising events.
I have been communicating with local restaurants in Hamden, CT to coordinate benefit dinners and receive raffle prizes. We have received a generous donation from Ixtapa and will be raffling off 12-$25 gift certificates soon. Keep your eye out because you don’t want to miss those!
Our first benefit dinner will be NEXT TUESDAY, October 15th from 5-11 pm at Chili’s in Hamden (2100 Dixwell Ave). The Hamden shuttle brings you right there 🙂 Chili’s will be donating 10% of the profits made that night towards our fundraising goal! All you have to do is print out the flyer you see here and present it when you sit down. Some members of our group will be at the front door on Tuesday handing them out in case you forget to bring the flyer with you!
We have another benefit dinner at TGI Friday’s on November 12th from 5-close where 20% of the profits will go towards “QU South Africa” and our total goal. Be sure to like our Facebook page for more information and to join our Facebook invite for the event!
I myself have never been to summer camp but I love working with children and am beyond excited to have this experience in just 85 days! We know we are going to be playing soccer and teaching hip-hop dance classes but we are still
brainstorming possible educational, yet fun activities to do with the children. Some ideas we have are to make bracelets with the kids because this is a tangible item the kids can have after we leave. I hope they will be reminded of us when they look at them after we’ve gone. We could also possibly bring coloring books and Frisbees to entertain the kids. I wonder if they already know how to play other games such as Birdie on a Perch, Red Rover, or Capture the Flag or maybe we could teach them? These games are played in open fields and involve a big group so it would be great to play in a camp setting. I’m excited to see what our group comes up with for the different events because I know it’s going to be a lot of fun!