The Children of Diepsloot

Inspired by this wonderful story by 2summers about her recent visit of Diepsloot Рa township/squatter camp not far from where we live РI 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 of the children in Diepsloot speak for themselves:

A good view of Diepsloot
A good view of Diepsloot
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
Not my best shot of the Reshomile kids but I love how fidgety they look here
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
I couldn’t get enough of this girl’s hair
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
There were many speakers that day but I loved this one best
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
If you look closely you can see the tear under his right eye
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
I couldn’t help snapping away at these beautiful children

children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa

children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa

children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
Dainfern choir performing
Opening of new library at Reshomile School in Diepsloot
Opening of new library
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
Singing of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
library in Diepsloot township
A wealth of new books
library in Diepsloot township
children at Reshomile School in Diepsloot, South Africa
Children having fun reading – that’s what this was all about!

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