Wednesday, October 26, 2011

First Full Day in South Africa - Johannesburg

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa! It is the end of my first full day here in South Africa and I am taking some time to sit and think through everything that happened. It was a wild and crazy ride for sure!

Today we started with a history lesson, which was very interesting. Then we had a meeting with a man from the Department of Education. He told us a lot about what they are doing with technology on the government end. Then we took a ride through Soweto. So different from being here in the city right now! We went to lunch at a restaurant called Roots. We sat outside on a patio and did a lot of people watching and picture taking. The kids coming home from school were very cute. They would stop and wave or pose for us to take their picture!

Then we went to an orphanage. There were 200 children there who were orphaned because their parents died from complications due to the AIDS virus. Some of them were infected and others were not. The numbers of people still affected by HIV/AIDS here is unreal. One in three women between the ages of 25 and 29 are infected with the disease. Their life expectancy rate is only to the age of 47 too, which is very young to die.

Tomorrow we will be spending the day talking with teachers at the Meraka Institute. Then tomorrow night we will be going to the Lesidi Cultural Center. This will be our last night in Johannesburg before we leave for Cape Town.

See this link for information about the places we visit.

Here are the pictures from today.

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