The 10th of December a family day took place to end the semester and celebrate Christmas.
All trolls were invited. Their parents too.
Nearly 50 unregistered persons showed up!
Breakfast before taking two crowded buses to the beach.
Cheering & singing in the messy vehicle-qeueue. Great expectations. Joy.
The ocean under a sky weighted with rainy clouds.
Dance together. Staff, kids and parents.
Contagious motion spreading with the rhythm.
Lines with kids in bathing suites, ready to throw themselves into the water.
Humid, chilly air.
Pic-nic in the grass.
Ride back to the centre and gathering in the lightblue hall.
Songs, chilling, bonding, feeling of belonging.
In the end all the little ones were asked to line up beside the stage.
Speechlessness. Total fuddle & wonderment; "What do I do with this?"
Analysis. Thorough study of the present. Realization.
IT IS MINE! JUST FOR ME! ONLY FOR ME!
Rip it open!
Madness! Astonishment! Happiness!
Thank you everyone for 2011.
Merry Christmas & happy new year.
Play on Wheels
I came to Cape Town to help the crew of Project Playground start up a brand new division, for children in Langa with disabilities.
Participants have been located, visited and immensely hugged.
Remarkable employees have been found and interviewed.
Other centres for disabled children have been seen and studied.
Equipment manufacturers have been researched, contacted and finally visited.
Laws have been inquired and most thoroughly ransacked.
Tons of templates and documents have been prepared, written and archived.
Tears have been shed as the sensation of injustice at times has been too much to bear.
People have proven that the dimension of a heart can really be limitless.
Fundings have been deeply desired, applied and fought for.
I left Cape Town knowing that Play on Wheels will be able to start in the begining of 2012.
Finally I just want to say....
To all the amazing trolls I have encountered...
To all the brave parents who never surrender no-matter-what...
To all the Project Playground employees who have overwhelmed me with their sincere wish to make things better and who over and over again have shown me that anything is possible...
To the board who gave me the chance to be a part of the team and the family...
To all the engaged people out there who in one way or another have shown their support and contributed to the opening of Play on Wheels...
Thank you. For everything.
And just so you know....
We WILL remove "dis" from disability.
I will return to Cape Town.
/Josefin - a proud member of the "We love Africa"-club.