Sustainable Giving and Learning…

People remember how you make them feel….

People want to be involved in things that are meaningful…

Things that touch and change people’s lives…

For 2 days, sometimes in rain, Pace Academy students participated in a garden project in partnership with Ubuntu and Coca-Cola Fortune in South Africa.  The initial plan started with 8 plots but Pace students, working along side students and community members, were able to build 27 plots.

In the end…the students did not want our students to leave and gathered around the bus to show their appreciation for the time and effort our students put insuring that they will be able to have a hot meal at school.

UBUNTU, U ME WE

“Ubuntu means if your brother or sister is down, pick them up. If they are hungry, feed them. If they are strangers, accommodate them. Ubuntu is humanity; think of brothers before you think of yourself. That is what Ubuntu is all about.”- Sipho Gumede (South African Musician)

Students from Pace Academy got to see first hand the work Ubuntu Education Fund is doing in South Africa. Students participated in a 3-day overview of the work Ubuntu Education Fund is doing to improve the lives of people in South Africa.

At the end of the workshop, they were challenged to come up with an UBUNTU plan for their own communities, U ME WE

Morgan

  • Latino/Hispanic…fastest growing minority in Atlanta
  • Lowest performing in reading and math
  • Many parents don’t speak English
  • Continue to raise awareness and volunteer at local Hispanic/Latino outreach organization.

 

Zach

  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Two years ago started having monthly bake sales to raise money and awareness for breast cancer
  • Has raised over $7,000

 

 

 

 

 

Cami

  • Hunger in Atlanta and the food bank
  • U- they need help and they need to reach our and ask for it
  • Me- easy to do, you go to the warehouse and you pack boxes
  • We- you can go with friends on the weekends or twice a month on a weekend and make a huge difference

 

Greece Day 6

We woke up this morning knowing that we had a very long list of things to do, and the students rose to the challenge. We packed and left the hotel by 9, and prepared for the journey back to Athens. After an hour drive, we pulled off the highway to climb Acro-Corinth, the mountain fortress near the ancient city of Corinth. Although we were able to drive most of the way up, we had to park and hike the final 40 minutes or so to the top of the castle walls. Because the acropolis there was next to good farmland, easily defended, and a very valuable port, different cultures from different eras had attacked and conquered the city over the last two thousand years. As a result, we found a Greek temple, a Byzantine chapel, and a mosque inside the fortress. When we finally arrived at the top, we were treated to an incredible view. Nice we caught our breath, we descended back to the vans and continued our path to the airport.

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We were comfortably ahead of schedule, so we decided to make a detour to the famous cliff of Sounion, the very spot where the mythological King Aegeus supposedly leapt to his death after mistakenly believing that his son, Theseus, had been killed by the Minotaur. The Aegean Sea was named after this event. We enjoyed the view and the temple of Poseidon dedicated to the spot, and then made the final drive to the airport.

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Conveniently, we found the Athens airport to be incredibly efficient! There was no line at security, and after a short bus ride we boarded the 25 minute flight to Crete. We picked up two new vans once we arrived in Chania, and drove to the beautiful Blue Beach hotel. The boys began playing soccer on the nearby field, and even convinced a British student traveller named Frank to join them in a game of basketball.

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Finally, the crew retired to their rooms, prepared to make the journey to the ancient palace of Knossos in the morning.

– Graham Anthony

Greece Day 5

Today was our first morning in Hotel Minoa. For the first time on the entire trip we actually got to sleep in, until 8:30. Then we went down stairs and went to breakfast. I got some peaches, cherries and a hard boiled eggs.

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Yesterday someone had told us about a beach on the other side of the island we were looking at. They said that most of the tourists didn’t know about so it was nicer. So we decided to rent some boats and play on the beach. The boats were insanely cheap but they were incredibly slow. Somehow the two boats we had ended up in a race to get to the beach and of course I was in the slower one but with the skill of me at steering and Mr. Anthony putting his feet on the throttle we managed to beat the other boat.

We all got out of the boats and looked around. It wasn’t really what we expected, it was really pretty but there wasn’t much sand. Also there was a little reef kind of thing with a ton of sea urchins all over it.

Pretty quickly we got bored and started to explore. After a little walking we saw a crab in the water. Naturally, me being me, I decided to try and catch it. Unfortunately it got away but I decided to stab a sea urchin instead. For some odd reason I felt so proud of myself, even though they don’t move.

Now it was about midday so we decided to tie the two boats together and float around in the water and eat lunch. Then we raced back to our hotel again.

Next we went to the ruins of Mycenae which was the Mycenaean acropolis. We walked through the lions gate door way which has two lions on top of it. Soon we were at the top but I was so tired of climbing it was hard to take in the view.

After that we drove to the next site, which was 2 minutes down the hill. The site was a tomb which was great because it was way less hot under ground. There wasn’t much here because the place was so obvious and it had so much gold and things in it, it had been robbed hundreds of years ago but it was still very cool. It was called a bee hive tomb. They would basically build a hill and put the body inside.

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Next we went to the healing sanctuary of Epidavros. Asclepious, demigod son of Apollo was an incredible healer but he was eventually killed by the Greek gods for resurrecting a person.

We walked through the building they healed people in and then we went to the theater. The theater was incredible, it was huge and the best thing was there was a spot on the floor were you could talk and everybody can hear you. Ms. Peterson and Tori Dancu sang hakuna matata.

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Now we were finally done seeing the sights and we went of to Napflio, to eat dinner and shop. I wanted fish but it was all insanely expensive, the lobster was €90. I ended up getting the shrimp and pasta. Then we walked around the city. We saw Mick and Mark playing soccer with these two kids. We started to play to and found that one played soccer but the other one didn’t. We found out that the boy at didn’t play was gypsy and we all felt bad for him.

We got back to Tolo and decided it was time for some ice cream. We went to this store down the street that had every ice cream imaginable. I got the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Some people even got ice cream on a Belgian waffle.

So after a long day we went to bed ready for another big day.

Written by Ryan Mazur

Also in Napflio there was the best orange juice in the world. It was freshly juiced, heaven, with Valencia oranges. It is an experience that Tory, Mia and I got to have. I will never be able to have any other orange juice again.
Written by Quin Waldrop

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Nothing Prepares You…

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.