A lasting legacy
The effect of the previous visits to Kwasa, on both adults and youth, is still very evident and profound. We want to belong to a parish community that welcomes, grows and challenges young people to explore their skills and discover how best they can serve, and be a gift to the future. Whether in Junior Church or the choirs, the young learn stories of our faith, and learn to worship. The opportunity to visit Kwasa gives youth a chance to learn to serve. We are all called to grow in a life of service, prayer and faith. Kwasa 18 is an opportunity for the whole parish, whether travelling or not, to participate in this visionary project.
Vinet started as a pre-school pupil at Kwasa in 2007, did all her early education there, and is now in one of the best town schools locally. She is a star pupil, an articulate, courageous and inspiring young woman. Vinet is the future of South Africa. The video also contains beautiful pictures of Kwasa College in action, with narration by Sharron Dinnie.
KWASA 18 | 3-15 August 2018
Twenty-one people from Holy Trinity and St Mary's travelled to South Africa
in August to experience the life of Kwasa College.
The main part of the trip was spent at the school, where we helped in the classrooms, served out breakfast and lunch, built shelves, constructed a sensory path, played with the children, organised a Sports Day - and much, much more! In addition, we worshipped at two local churches, visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, had a guided tour round Soweto, and finished off with a relaxing two days in Pilanesberg National Park.
Some thoughts and reflections
"Everyone seemed to think in advance that we all (or those new to it) would be feeling apprehensive. I wasn't really. Was looking forward to it, not sure what it would be like totally, but not that apprehensive."
"Camaraderie & getting to know acquaintances - now friends! The children were amazingly up-lifting."
"Contrasts and similarities: being warned not to take photographs of the informal settlement because it was too dangerous, and then watching the children learning and playing in safety at Kwasa, being allowed for a short while to behave like children the world over – arguing, shoving, helping, talking, sharing, smiling, crying, singing."