To Cape Town and Beyond

Since our first camp in October 2015, the Ambassadors participated in 10 two-week long holiday camps that “empowered them to confidently own their future.”  They participated in learning excursions that allowed them to discover and explore places such as Pilanesburg National Park, Constitution Hill, Wits University, and the UNISA Science and Technology Center.  

Most recently, they applied all of their learning from the camp to raise over R44 471 ($3,000) to travel to Cape Town

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IAWA Welcomes DJ Holla

Jason Holley, also known as DJ Holla, is flying in from North Carolina, USA to support the IAWA Ambassador’s Battle of the DJs Saturday September 22 at Robega Community Hall.  Jason shared, “I’ve always had a passion for helping others, building future generations, and passing along valued lessons to the youth.   Being able to be apart of such a great program, event, and to assist a fellow Hawk was the chance I needed to give back.”

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Why Cape Town?

Through hard or good we stand as one unit, and this year is our last year as we all know. We are all going to go different directions. We want to create memories that we will always remember and enjoy ourselves in Cape Town. It’s great to experience places you have never known, as we enjoy we will learn.

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MC's View of the Film Festival

We viewed six short films created by POPPYN in perspective of the Philly youth news, Kitsong School, Bafokeng Youth Centre and I Am, We Are. We also viewed a documentary which gave people a better understanding of what I Am, We Are is and why it was started.

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Documentary Crew Review

I have learned and seen how hard work can bring opportunities in your life. That moment when hard work opens doors. Participating in the film festivals made me realize how much potential I have and all thanks to Mr. James. Teachers like him are not easy to find. Thank you for making me improve. I cannot thank you enough.  I am because we are.

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Just Three Camps Left

This camp differed from our usual camps, as the Ambassadors created most of the week's schedule. Each fundraising group – talent show, concert, and carwash- developed a list of actions items that needed to be accomplished before the end of camp. Each day the Ambassadors would go out with their assigned facilitator and work on their team assignments and report back to the group on what had been accomplished the next morning.  This was a great way for them to learn accountability and responsibility!

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Ubuntu in Action: Hurricane Maria Relief

At our October Bokgoni camp, we discussed the devastation the flurry of hurricanes caused in the US and the Caribbean.  Since social responsibility is one of IAWA's core tenets, I shared with the Ambassadors that this an opportunity for us to truly exhibit buthu/ubuntu (humanity).  They responded by unanimously voting to forgo their usual learning excursion and instead use the funds to support hurricane relief efforts.  As one ambassador expressed, "we understand how horrible it must feel to lose everything."  

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