Ma Afrika Tikkun is beautiful.
The kids there are terrific. They are so curious and have so many questions and most are outgoing as all hell. When you get them on the dance floor, they have this beaming confidence that you cannot find in most grown people. What amazes me is that the kids spend their days entertaining themselves on this sort of patio outside and they are just happy. They don't have a lot of toys, they don't have a lot of anything. And yet, day after day they are there having a great time. They take each day as it is and don't ask for much more. They are teaching me so much. The kids there are terrific.
Secondly, the staff who spend each day providing a safe and fun environment for these children are amazing people. I can't imagine dealing with what they deal with every single day. All of the trauma and pain and suffering that happens in the townships, along with glimpses of joy and happiness and light that happens there as well. It's an emotional roller coaster that they ride on day after day, without any question or doubt. I hope that they know that what they are doing here is not only appreciated by those they directly interact with. What I am learning from them has affected me and will stay with me forever. They are doing something great here, and they do it every day.