Trip Start Mar 03, 2007
17Trip End Apr 09, 2007
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I arrive the afternoon of the 14th and spend it with Kristi and the kids. Thursday, which was a real eye opening day for me, we spent a most of it at bongikosi school, the pre-k school of 35 kids that is in the edendale township. It is an AE sponsored school so the kids get a good christian education there but the building has been condemned, many of these kids are orphans, some have had HIV since birth, and there is a bunch of kids their age running around the neighborhood not attending school for any number of reasons but mostly because they cant afford it
Worst of all, the muslims have built a brand new school directly across the street, very nice building, they give the kids uniforms, and its k-high school. They pay 10 rand a month, it is all funded thru Saudi oil money. The first few years they get a regular education but as they progress they begin indoctrinate Islam. As the kids get a little older they begin teaching them to speak arabic and the coriculum is even in Arabic. Each year they pick a few of the beast and brightest and ship them off to Saudi Arabia for college(paid for) and then send them back to South Africa and well educated, indoctrinated, muslim disciples. Much of what Paul has been doing is raising money for the rebuilding of this school and trying to find scholarships for these kids and he has been very successful but more is always needed especially in a place like this.
This was the most impactful part of my stay with the Passaros, to see how they intentionally are capitolizing off of the poor shape of the christian school across the street. The rest of the time was spent at the AE center meeting people and such.
Duc, i have a new project for us when i get back!!!!!!