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Through their eyes

The future is shining like a peace of diamond lying
down to the ground and ready for someone to grab it.

– Slindile Cele, grade 11

One of our group’s most memorable experiences in Cape Town was the afternoon we spent with Ikamva Youth (http://ikamvayouth.org/) in Khayelitsha township.  Ikamva Youth works with 10th to 12th grade students (“secondary school learners” in South African parlance) to provide skill training, tutoring sessions, summer school, creative expression programs, mentorship, and more.  It’s entirely run and managed by a team of volunteers, many from local universities.  Our team from Champlain College spent a few hours tutoring eager “Ikamvanites” in biology, physics, and economics, and in the process, finding out just how much we did NOT remember from high school!

Through Our Eyes, by Ikamva Youth

Through Our Eyes, by Ikamva Youth

Recently we learned from Ikamva organizer Joy Olivier that they have just released a brand new book of poetry and photography by the youth of Khayelitsha, titled Through Our Eyes.  Available on-demand at blurb.com, the proceeds of the book’s sales go to help fund Ikamva’s programs.

The book, which you can preview on the Blurb web site, is a candid glimpse into the life experiences of young people growing up in Khayelitsha today – their hopes, dreams, and perspectives.  After seeing Cape Town’s young people in action, we know how important these dreams are, and how crucial it is to encourage the dreams whenever possible.  Here is the link where you can get your own copy of Through Our Eyes, take in some incredible words and images, and show your support for the young learners of Khayelitsha!


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