Day Two

Photo Feb 18, 5 29 05 AM         Winter Prayer and Meditation By Susan Helene Kramer During lengthening days of light May our actions be lighthearted Upon right and noble impulses. Winter Prayer and Meditation By Susan Helene Kramer During lengthening days of light May our actions be lighthearted Upon right and noble impulses. During quiet hours beyond dusk, before dawn May we take time to think over events from the day Plan for good in the morrow. In the light of day May we extend our personal borders Caring and sharing expansively. So the world glows bright from our presence May we blaze as beacons of harmony Lighting the path ahead. To nurture efforts toward lasting peace May we act with kindness towards all Embracing our family and friends wholeheartedly Ever gracing our world-wide family lightheartedly. During quiet hours beyond dusk, before dawn May we take time to think over events from the day Plan for good in the morrow. In the light of day May we extend our personal borders Caring and sharing expansively. So the world glows bright from our presence May we blaze as beacons of harmony Lighting the path ahead. To nurture efforts toward lasting peace May we act with kindness towards all Embracing our family and friends wholeheartedly Ever gracing our world-wide family lightheartedly. Photo Feb 18, 5 43 43 AMToday's journey allowed us the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of South Africa's landscape with a trip to Cape Point. The experience of seeing the Indian and Atlantic ocean coming together is truly and amazing sight. The majority of the day was spent in the township of Gugulethu which translates to "our hope. " Speaking of hope, we visited the Rainbow school, which has been a part of AIAIA's outreach from the beginning, fifteen years ago. Recognizing the importance of formal education as a way out of poverty, the Rainbow school provides after school tutoring for grade school children along with a hot meal. Teachers who have already taught a full day volunteer their time to support and assist the students in their homework. Our delegation gave friendship bracelets to the students and visited with teachers. We recall the effects of apartheid in which the government did not allow black people more than a fourth grade education. It was exciting to see the eagerness of the students hard at work; a real sign of hope. Photo Feb 18, 6 37 42 AMOur day ended with a "walk about" in the informal settlements (shacks) with Reverend Spiwo Xapile and his grandson, Rhea. This gave the delegation a first hand experience of seeing the continuing struggle for thousands of men, women and children without adequate housing, public utilities, sanitation and health care. Arm in Arm In Africa continues to affirm our ongoing efforts to support education, food distribution and healthcare. Again, our gratitude to you, our donors, for your continuing support to achieve these goals. , The 2015 AIAIA delegation