Nothing prepares you for the absolute poverty, devastation and joy of township life. In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the guidance of Ubuntu Education Fund, we were able to have a walking tour through one of the most impoverished townships in Zwide.
The townships are home to over to 40,000 people, who live in a mixture of wooden and corrugated iron shacks, and more substantial government-built housing. Poverty is a major issue, with an unemployment rate of around 80%.
Ubuntu works closely with township communities to provide services to combat poverty, unemployment, inadequate education and an overwhelming number of people living in have HIV/Aids.
During our walk we received warm Xhosa welcomes and were greeted with smiles and witnessed the overwhelming signs of joy… We even stopped to have some “smiley,” or sheep’s head.