We arrived safely in South Africa and devoted our first week to settling-in, adjusting to the 6 hour time change, and reconnecting with friends & contacts. Clarke, our dog, also arrived without incident and is doing great.
Janet presented Kweila (see photo) with one of five reconditioned laptops we will be placing with grade 12 high school students and first year college/university students. Kweila commences grade 12 in January, and was just thrilled with his first computer! Thank you to Mona & Paul of Ottawa, Canada for your helpful donation.
Tomorrow we resume our regular schedule in the township and get to work. We both have a full week ahead and are anxious to get started!
Excerpt from Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (Sebastian Junger)
“It’s common knowledge in the Peace Corps that as stressful as life in a developing country can be, returning to a modern country can be far harder. One study found that one in four Peace Corps volunteers reported experiencing significant depression after their return home…”
“What people miss presumably isn’t danger or loss but the unity that these things often engender.”
“Whatever the technological advances of modern society – and they’re nearly miraculous – the individualized lifestyles that those technologies spawn seem to be brutalizing to the human spirit.”
“Our fundamental desire, as human beings, is to be close to others…”
Thank you for your continued interest & support. Janet & Jim