USA students visit Karatara!

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By Louricia September

USA students visit Karatara!
The start of a whole new level of friendship!

Excitement filled the Eden district, specifically TSiBA EDEN, on the arrival of the students from Minnesota, America, last week. The American students were received with open arms and a feeling of warmth (so they say) and we all become close within no time
Their journey through South Africa started on the 26th of May. TSiBA EDEN was fortunate enough to spend time with these extraordinary human beings. On Sunday our student body got the chance to spend some time with them and we had lots to talk about all being students. There is so much we could tell you about our time with them for example just how humble and down to earth they are. They had an evening filled with laughter and joy at the Pelican Lodge in Sedgefield and the “TSiBA Voices” choir entertained them with our own mixture of vocals. True African style!
And because every occasion is believed to be educational at TSiBA EDEN myself, Louricia September, Megan Gertse, Nicolene Britz, Lihle Dyosiba and Paul Mphambani were given the opportunity to capture these wonderful moments. What a great experience I must say. On Monday the students visited to our campus and each of our students doing practical training was buddied up with one of the Minnesotan students. For the day they then got to experience some of our CPBA programme and their immediate reaction was that they wanted to stay! They also had the opportunity to experience TSiBA Eden’s new solar oven and got to do some outreach work with our marketing team definitely “IGNITING OPPORTUNITY”.
The students also cycled to visit “Oom Sam”, he man who is responsible for the building of our Ignition Centre, where he told us his heartfelt story. They were enthralled and I think that many started to change their attitude towards life.
Sadly their journey with us came to an end on Tuesday so we ended the day off with a nice game of volleyball and sang our different national anthems.
Thanks to our Executive Director Sandy Ueckermann, Belinda Bam, Genevieve Keene and other role players for this amazing experience!

Photo from left to right (front):Ntombizille Mkokeli and Kenneth Momo. Back row from left to right: Vyisani Jinkingqina, Dan, Taylor, Clifford Lambese, Kelebone Ntsikinyane, Heath, Venecia Masego and Lagon

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