Edmond Ngeh 1-11-2012 Interaction with the Locals
I have really enjoyed my experiences volunteering at African Tikkun within the townships. The gardening work we did was great though the some sharp plants poked my finger while we were trying to clear it for farming and vegetation. The poke in my finger felt like needles were stuck in my finger or something. It was not a very pleasant feeling until once it was removed. I was also very surprised to see little sharp glasses within the soil. I think that will be something that i will need to research about. There must be a reason why little sharp glasses were found on the soil that would be used for vegetation. We went to visit a clinic nearby in the Township area in a hot day. I can recall fainting towards the end of the visit at the hospital besides that, I can not recall much. It lasted only for a few minutes before i got up and found a lot of people surrounding me. i was shocked to find so much people and i also smiled to the patients and some of my other classmates that were in the room the moment i had fainted. I am very lucky to have such great people and fun people that i have come to call family, friends, and the like. From this incident, i learned what ubuntu is from experiencing it as it happened to me. Next, we played with the children at daycare. I enjoyed making the kids laugh, play, and have fun. I was very lucky to still had enough energy to play with them for three to five hours with them and my south Africa experience family. I also bonded very well with the little kids there. The last thing we did was to go to the different township homes and listen to its resident's stories and how we came to be in the state they were in. This so much reminds me of back in the states where many stories and experiences still need to be heard. We have learned that change starts in the individual bases, not with the society.