The Children of Diepsloot

Inspired by this wonderful story by 2summers about her recent visit of Diepsloot – a township/squatter camp not far from where we live – I recalled my own visit there about a month ago.

Our school, Dainfern College, has sort of adopted a partner school in Diepsloot called Reshomile Primary. There are numerous projects to help this school, from the collection of warm blankets in winter to providing weekly meals and sponsoring a Braai Day. Most recently, a months-long effort of a number of dedicated parents collecting and sorting books and building shelves culminated in the dedication of Reshomile’s new library. I was fortunate to be invited along (though I hadn’t catalogued a single book!) to take some pictures for the school website.

What a beautiful day it was. The students from both schools assembled in the (very frigid!) courtyard to hear speeches and listen to the choir, and at the end the new library was dedicated and opened. There isn’t much else to say, so I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

A good view of Diepsloot

Not my best shot of the Reshomile kids but I love how fidgety they look here

I couldn’t get enough of this girl’s hair

There were many speakers that day but I loved this one best

If you look closely you can see the tear under his right eye

I couldn’t help snapping away at these beautiful children

Dainfern choir performing

Opening of the new Reshomile library

Singing of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

 A wealth of new books

Children having fun reading – that’s what this was all about!