Last week I spent 4 days with my friend Heather. Heather and I have been friends/sisters for nearly 6 years. I met her when she lived and worked in Malalane South Africa with an organisation that helps orphans through music. She returned to the USA 4 years ago but when time and work allow her to do so, she travels to South Africa to visit “her children.”
Sometimes she runs camps for them but this year she met her kids at Hhusha Hhusha GuestPackers ( pronounced whosha-whosha). It was a time of getting know how each one was doing on a one on one basis. Heather has known some of these teenagers from the ages of 6, all see her as mother and she is committed to seeing them all succeed in life. All her kids have had and still have very difficult lives, and now as adulthood approaches for some, tough choices lie ahead. They live in one of the poorest communities in South Africa which has more than 40% HIV and AIDS rate.
Bonginkosi jumping into the pool whilst Zuzmuzi watches. Bonginkosi has one of the gentlest, purest hearts I have observed in a young man and Zuz is the life a the party 🙂 The teens enjoyed their time at Hhusha Hhusha immensely, a couple of days away from their normal lives was a welcome change.
Bonginkosi giving Shirley a grand tour of the boys sleeping quarters.