PHILIPI

After experiencing the finer things in life, I believe Dr. Turner wanted us to put things in perspective by contrasting these two totally opposite ways of life.  We worked at one of the local township’s children’s centre known as Philipi Children’s Centre.  It was truly sad to see some of the conditions that these kids had to endure in this area.  Something that was shocking and resonated in my mind was the attitude of these children.  We didn’t see their poor household conditions but it wouldn’t be out of the question to assume they lived in a small shack; and yet, they still have smiles on their face and a great attitude about life.  I also noticed the attitude of the workers and how they resented us from being there.  It was interesting to hear all the different view points of our group and how we should go about helping this Children’s Centre.  Dr. Turner pointed it out that these guys feel like we are taking jobs away from their family and making them look bad by volunteering with free labor.  It just goes to show that no matter how someone perceives a situation, there are so many other perspectives and different ways to look at it that it is very complicating to fully understand something.  We think these guys should thank us for our work and be grateful that we are here but from another side they think we are actually hurting their country and economy.  Being in Cape Town I have learned many things but one thing I have really thought about is that once humans get involved with any problem they automatically complicate the situation.  There is truly no one way to solve problems and as the saying goes “There is more than one way to skin a fish.”

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