Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Mandela!

Today is former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. Happy Birthday to a historic and wonderful man, leader, and humanitarian! To honor him we at Global Challenge Expeditions held a “Madiba Market”. Madiba is Mandela’s Xhosa name. The kids from Global’s high school (GLA) handed out “Madiba bucks” in the townships, and the people could bring their “Madiba bucks” to our little stations that were scattered all throughout the townships, and they could exchange each ticket for one item of– either clothing, soup with bread, cake, oranges, a blanket,  etc…. They had several tickets each to spend.

We had so much fun.  Several of us made big pots of soup (I made chicken and rice soup), as it is our winter here and pretty chilly. Emi was a great helper too, and she enjoyed yelling “Happy Madiba Day” as she handed out rolls while mommy handed out soup.
Just wanted to give you a glimpse of what went on today. It was really an honor to be a part of it all. Thank you guys for making it possible for us to do things like this. You will someday be rewarded for every single seed you’ve also sewn into us, as we are your hands on the ground here! Here are a few pics from today.

We love you lots,

….. I haven’t forgotten PART 2 of my other Blog. There are just a couple of details I need to take care of and then I will tell you the whole GREAT story  J

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