17 January 2010

Hug me



We go to visit Masimbambane School in Orange Farm which is a township located approx. 50 km south of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province. Orange Farm is the largest informal settlement in South Africa, with most estimates giving a population of 350,000 people.



Masimbambane College, a private run school, is in part funded by the city of Vienna. We get a tour through the college by a staff member. As soon as the children see the woman they run up to her and hug her. We are taken to class rooms and to the kindergarden. The kids love to pose in front of the camera. Then they come close and give me a hug. As I do the same there is no holding back. More and more kids come running and hug me. What a different feel to meeting Europeans, it’s great!

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