Being greeted by sizzling braais, a children's game of football and a thousand smiles is how we would love to find every new location. This inclusion is how large township communities such as Masiphumelele work and honestly, it grabs you. We were here on our way to catch up with Tim, the co-founder of a non-profit program - Isiqalo. This budding program tackles the harder issues that arise within larger communities such as substance abuse, gender related violence and HIV education with a very South African skew.
Their program, Waves for Change, really struck a cord with us so we were stoked to be able to spend some time with three of the coaches, Apish, Oscar and Bongoni who use the bond created between a surfing coach and student as a conduit to educate on HIV prevention and awareness.
Our few days with these guys made a huge impact on us so we can imagine how powerful their teaching and presence is for the kids they're coaching. Please check out their website and see how you can help this very very worthy cause. www.isiqalo.org
If there is a city in this world filled with such contrasts and dichotomies as Cape Town, we certainly haven't seen it yet. The landscape is as shocking as anything with its wild ocean running right up to the base of the mammoth Table Mountain, which protectively hugs the city bowl. Within the city you have an economical range from shanties to chalets and the people make up every color of the rainbow. Surprisingly all these elements live together in a unique harmony that doesn't at all live up to the scary reputation that might wrongly turn travelers away. In short: We loved it! Go! Visit!