Soweto: Day One

Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:40 AM Written by  Linda Dukess and Jody DiPerna

This is the first of a series of posts from Pittsburghers Linda Dukess, Jody DiPerna and Heather Mull, in the field in South Africa working with photographers and youth from Soweto on the Kliptown Photography Project.
Greetings from Soweto!
We are back at our home away from home, B&B Nthateng in Orlando West. Today, we got rolling at the Kliptown Youth Project. We met the teens and started the day with breakfast, which we will be doing every day. Today was simply rolls and cheese and oranges. Tomorrow, we are going to bring a local favorite called fat cake, which is a kind of fry bread. I have to admit, I'm quite intrigued to try them myself.
It was an exhilarating day for us! Read more about our first day here.
We've spent the last year of our lives talking about this project, the Kliptown Photography Project, examining it from every angle, working out details, prepping, fund-raising, traveling, researching cameras and on and on:  it felt a bit like looking for El Dorado or the search for the Holy Grail.
But today, to see it happen, to see the students engage, to see Julie and Heather teaching, watching Tila, Patrick and Jerry connecting with the kids, was truly phenomenal, one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives.
The kids have homework tonight and, I have to admit, I am very curious to see what they will bring back! Things are going really well here. My only regret is that we have only five days with our students. I'd like to stay indefinitely. 
It's hard not to think ahead, but when we get back from this amazing week, we have to continue our fund-raising efforts, so that we can pay for the exhibitions of the work. If you've donated to us, we cannot thank you enough. Please pass on this information, our blog, our site and our indiegogo information (below) to anybody and everybody. 
Ulwimi ululodwa alonelanga - One language is never enough

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