Listening

Here is a really good article to read about how to listen from a position of privilege, from Christena Cleveland’s blog. I challenge you to read it and think about how you are privileged either because you belong to the dominant culture, race, religion, or gender in society, and how you can be a betterContinue reading “Listening”

Freakonomics: ARVs vs Prevention

  They say prevention is better than cure. But is it cheaper?  When looking at HIV/AIDs in South Africa (particularly in Kwa-Zulu Natal) the statistics are overwhelming. Even after years of “ABC’s” (Abstain, Be Faithful, Condomise), KZN HIV stats are some of the highest in the world. In particular, Mpumuza, where iThemba focuses, is amongContinue reading “Freakonomics: ARVs vs Prevention”

Skills

So, I want to tell you about some volunteers that are coming to iThemba that I am super excited about! Firstly, I’m excited because I know them– Rachel and David are two friends from Taylor University where I attended. Secondly, I’m excited because they are volunteering their awesome photography and video skills to iThemba. ForContinue reading “Skills”

I’m proud of You

Sometimes encouragement comes from the most unlikely of places. I probably would have shooed him away. He was drunk. Not drunk enough to be aggresive, just drunk enough to be honest. He decided to join in on Sizwe’s Life Group last Friday. He had seen my car (and the car of the Restoration Hope team),Continue reading “I’m proud of You”

Art Shows and Running Clubs

In Sweetwaters there are no organized after-school activities for children or teens. The schools do not have sports teams that compete against each other, and there are no after-school cultural activities. Here’s two cool after-school clubs that iThemba has been involved with lately. These after-school clubs not only keep kids off the street and doingContinue reading “Art Shows and Running Clubs”

A World Where Short Term Trips Aren’t Needed

“But when we are honest, too much of the time our service projects cover up the reality that our way of life is what makes the service project necessary to begin with. In that way service projects don’t function to change the status quo, or even push against it, they actually function to maintain it. TheyContinue reading “A World Where Short Term Trips Aren’t Needed”

Holding up their Arms

These past two weeks, I’ve been working with 6 Azusa Pacific University students in Sweetwaters. This team has really stood out because of their hard work, great preparation, and initiative. They’ve been able to partner at a creche, organize a fun day to say thanks to our Sweetwaters teenagers who volunteer with us in theContinue reading “Holding up their Arms”

Development: Getting to the Root Causes

I joined the APU lectures on Community Development this week. Even though it was the second time hearing them, they were still very inspiring. We were given permission to take some videos to use in preparing teams to come out and serve with iThemba. Here is the famous “Drowning Babies” story that I wrote aboutContinue reading “Development: Getting to the Root Causes”

Welcoming the Stranger

“How long, O LORD? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?…They oppress your people, LORD, hurting those you love. They kill widows and foreigners and murder orphans. “The Lord isn’t looking,” they say, “and besides, the God of Jacob doesn’t care.” Think again, you fools! When will you finally catch on? Is theContinue reading “Welcoming the Stranger”