One morning in Pietermaritzburg

The girls are “on holiday” now for the two week Easter break.  We thought this was a good opportunity to spend some time at Bonginkosi preschool.  During the drive I gave Rachel a camera and asked her to take pictures of things we would not see in Virginia.  There were times it seemed unsafe to take pictures, but here is what she was able to get:

cows-in-street

ladies-with-tables-on-their-heads

Unfortunately this truck was fairly empty.  There are often 10 or more people standing up while driving on major roads at high speeds

Unfortunately this truck was fairly empty. There are often 10 or more people standing up while driving on major roads at high speeds

Mud and wattle home

Mud and wattle home

even mud houses often have fences around them!

Even mud houses often have fences around them

On sunny days women carry umbrellas for their long walks

On sunny days women carry umbrellas for their long walks

In addition to umbrellas, it is often common to see women with babies slung onto their backs with a blanket holding them on

In addition to umbrellas, it is common to see women with babies slung onto their backs with a blanket holding them on

And then we arrived at the school…

Bonginkosi is getting ready to move into their new building.  Check out the link to find out more and see a short video.  I was the photographer for much of it 🙂  We played with the kids while the teachers packed

The tape player/microphone we brought them from home

The tape player/microphone we brought them from home

bonginkosi-bekah-and-kid

Speaking different languages did not matter here

Speaking different languages did not matter here

Rachel's buddy Thando... he loved her hair!

Rachel's buddy Thando... he loved her hair!

I wish I could bring him home...

I wish I could bring him home...

We saw all of this before hearing the Muslim prayers from across the street at 12:30.  A typical morning in Pietermaritzburg for those who have eyes to see.

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5 Responses to “One morning in Pietermaritzburg”


  1. 1 matt April 1, 2009 at 1:09 am

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. 2 Robyn April 2, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I miss you all so very much! Thank you for sharing some of these truly amazing experiences with us back in suburban North America. The sights you see daily must stir up incredibly intense emotions!
    I keep going back to look at these pics again and again! love you all, robyn

  3. 3 Angela April 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I love all the pictures! The children (all the people, really) are just beautiful. Continuing to think of you often….

  4. 4 Kylie April 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The blogs are great to read. You are a wonderful writer. I can feel the emotions to an extent (obviously not fully unless I was there), and see the sights too. Thank you for sharing your life and your heart with us back here in such a different world. We love you and miss you terribly.

  5. 5 Deb S April 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    wow! The scenery is breathtaking and the people are beautiful – especially the kids! Thanks for posting so we can see, too!


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