Well, it’s almost the end of July and it has been incredibly quiet on my end which is not a true reflection of what is happening with Amandla. There have been incredible developments since I last updated you all. I have been a bit of a headless chicken lately but promise to update this blog more frequently!
In April, my family and I were able to spend a day in Philippi with Scott and the amazingly passionate team he works with day to day. As someone who was born and lived in South Africa for most of my life, it was shocking to hear some of the stories and challenges the community faces day to day. I have been away from home for many years now and have forgotten so many of the problems and issues of living in the country.
This visit to Philippi was an important, visceral reminder of why I am running the Development Committee for Amandla here in NYC. It made me realize, again, why we need to spread the word on Amandla as far and wide as we can. The power of helping a community like this will have an impact on the entire world.
With all of the stories we hear as outsiders looking in, there is no greater impact than seeing the conditions personally and speaking with the locals one on one. Visiting Philippi was a profoundly moving experience and I am glad my family was able to share it with me.
There are monumental developments happening in the community and so many exciting projects that involves art and music is on the horizon. I look forward to sharing these uplifting stories with you as the process evolves. For now, this is a very light update. I will follow up soon after the NYC Development Committee gets together next week and starts rolling out our initiatives for the rest of 2017.
Spread the word until we meet again. Until soon dear friends…