by Daniel “Skiff” Skiffington
Our time in Africa is drawing to a close. I’m blogging from an airline lounge in the Johannesburg Airport. We board a flight to Harare, Zimbabwe in just a few minutes. We’ll spend five days there and then head up to Ghana for a quick four-day trip. Then we head back to the United States. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! This trip is no exception. We’re wrapping up a great (and incredibly challenging) journey across the continent of Africa—visiting eight countries in all.
Visiting South Africa has been a real joy for me personally. I have wanted to come here since I was a little kid – beautiful beaches and the history surrounding former President Nelson Mandela being just some of the reasons. Cape Town is as beautiful as people say – miles and miles of white sand beaches wrap the rocky coastline. Families spend vacations splashing in the warm, turquoise-colored water. The food is incredible (try the seafood) and the possibility for activity is pretty much endless.
But even better than outdoor activities or climbing Table Mountain is the people we met. A personal highlight was our time spent in townships in the Cape Town area. Mocha Club works in several of them – Oceanview being one of the smallest and Khayelitsha being the largest with more than one million residents. Here is an overview of the projects Mocha Club is working on in South Africa…
Mocha Club partners with Learn to Earn – an organization that provides job training to people in townships. Students are trained in everything from sewing to graphic design and are then given jobs in the community. Another organization, Living Hope Community Center, works to stop the spread of AIDS and helps those who already have it. In addition, Mocha Club funds several dozen daycares. This program provides a safe and fun learning environment for kids until they are old enough to attend primary school. Our newest project is an auto mechanic school. Set to open next week, the school will teach township residents to fix cars and earn enough money to survive.
We’ll tell you more about these projects in our next webisode. Let’s be honest: we’re getting tired, so the video will take several days to edit. But know we are working hard to bring you the stories from the Mocha Club Experience in Africa! Talk to you soon.
The Mocha Club Experience: Starting November 1, 2009, Seattle Pacific University recent graduates Daniel “Skiff” Skiffington and Charlie “Char” Beck visit all of Mocha Club’s current projects in 7 countries and take Mocha Club supporters and friends on a three-month virtual adventure to experience real life in Africa. Stay tuned for regular updates!