Devonte Wilson, Age 13
Day seven in Johannesburg I woke up late. When I woke up I took a shower, after my shower I brushed my teeth and washed my face. Then I got dressed and went to breakfast. After breakfast everyone got on the bus and went to Diepsloot. We were going to Diepsloot to finish giving out the items that we purchased for the families we worked with. I felt so good helping people who need help.
When everyone got off the bus we were at the Apartheid Museum. Apartheid stands for the system of segregation or discrimination on the grounds for the force of South Africans. The basic principle behind apartheid was simple segregation of everything. Cut a clean line through a nation to divide black from white. The Apartheid Museum is a journey not a destination. A journey to understand freedom and equality. It may be the most important lesson you’ll ever learn. At the museum I also learned about Nelson Mandela. Millions of people love Nelson Mandela because of his character. Mandela’s extraordinary life is explored through seven themes.
Gabrielle Bradley, Age 12
Today was an educational day. One difference that I noticed today was that the children loved the little toys we brought for them. But most kids in Brooklyn would want more than we gave them. Also, the GoGo’s liked the letters we wrote to them telling them about how we appreciate them. Also to tell them how much we thank them for letting us in their homes. Another thing that is different is in Brooklyn the things that exhibits they show at the Apartheid Museum take place somewhere else but in this museum all what I saw took place here in South Africa .
Brenden Archer, Age 12
Today when I woke up I got ready for the day. For breakfast we had French toast and 3 bacons. Then came devotion before we went back to our rooms to separate the items we bought for the families in Diepsloot. Then we all went on the bus to go drop off the items. While we were on our way, we got held up so we couldn’t drop off all of the items to the families. But we finally made it and delivered the items to the families. They were happy.
When we finished dropping off the items we went to the Apartheid Museum. While we were in the museum, we learned about what happened to the families in the 1940’s. They were treated less than a human being. We saw how they were beaten every day. When we came from the museum we had free time until dinner at Heron Bridge. After dinner we spent time with The Salvation Army youth group.
Chanell Thompson, Age 13
Today was such a wonderful day. Our day began with us visiting the families once again to drop off the rest of the items from our shopping. Then after that we visited the Apartheid Museum. My fellow ambassadors and I were split up in two groups according to the colors of our skins. Then we returned to HeronBridge where we learned an African socca dance which was fun. So that’s how my day was.
Keara Sheppard, Age 14
Today we went back to Diepsloot to give our families what we bought for them. When we got to one of the family’s home I read her my letter that I wrote and all she could do is smile, clap and say thank you, which made me happy. We went to the Apartheid Museum after that. This museum is nice. It had lots of great information. It also showed the life of Nelson Mandela and how he took a huge part during the Apartheid period. I learned that this was a very unfair time in South Africa for blacks and colored people.
Alysia Roberts, Age 14
Today we went back to Diepsloot to give the rest of the families the food and other things that we bought for them. It made me feel so happy when I gave the items to the family because they were so happy. Their faces lit up so much. When I held one of the babies in my hand I knew that he didn’t understand what was going on, but I could tell that he was happy to see me again. Although he was crying for a little bit, I would like to think there were tears of joy. We also went to the Apartheid museum. Before we went inside we got a ticket that told us whether we were white or colored. It just so happened I was colored. We had to go through a certain gate according to our race. After looking at the different passes everybody came together. It was tough for me to see how the colored people were being treated. They were beaten, abused, and malnourished. It was ridiculous. The babies were so skinny you can count the ribs on their chest, and the bones on their spine. I cannot imagine the mothers having to watch their children slowly dying because some people think they are better than others.
Keion Staton, Age 13
Today I had a great experience going to Diepsloot and going to the Apartheid Museum. When we went to Diepsloot to deliver the clothes and food to the family I was happy. I felt happy because I loved to see the smile on the families faces. We deliver 2 packages and the other groups delivered 8 packages. I felt good that I could help. But there are still thousands of people that still need help. When I get older I’m going to help people in need
After we left Diepsloot I got even happier because we were going to the Apartheid Museum. At the museum we watch a few video clips and a documentary. We also obtained magazines and brochures. When we watched the video clip, I have learned that Europeans have traveled all the way to Johannesburg just to search for gold. I have also learned that Africa had separated sections back in the late 1900’s.
Jordan Griffin, Age 12
Today we went to drop off more goods to Diepsloot. We were able to do the drop off quick and efficiently. The families really appreciated the extra things we gave them. They looked at us as if we were rich because we brought so much stuff.
After we left Diepsloot we went to the Apartheid Museum. We watched two videos about things that were happening in South Africa along with a lot of informational descriptions. There were different entrances and staircases for whites, blacks, etc. There was a terrible riot between blacks and whites. The blacks continued it and wars started. Then Mandela was released only if the violence will stop.
Kristian Capers, Age 12
Today we started off with a regular breakfast. Then we looked at today’s schedule. Then we boarded the bus. First we had to drop-off the rest of the shopping gifts to our families in Diepsloot. Then we went to the Apartheid Museum.
When we dropped the gifts off to the families, they looked so happy. I think the families really benefited from the things we brought them. When we went shopping yesterday we basically bought more of their needs. We also bought Josephina the radio she wanted.
Then we went to the Apartheid Museum. There, we learned about a dark time in South Africa called the Apartheid Regime. Apartheid was a time of segregation by force in the south. In that museum it seemed as though Nelson Mandela was the savior of that time. At that time, non-whites were beaten and sometimes killed in street raids.
Even though countless Africans were killed and tortured during this time, they kept hope alive by dance and song. At the museum, there was a wall of his famous quotes. They were divided into the colors blue, green, white, yellow, and red. I personally was a fan of the blue quotes as they pertained to my life.
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