We were reminded of the power of radio this morning. Audrey and Thesline sent out a message of support to girls thanks to Radio Kaboesna in Calvinia.
We arrived here last night after a spectacular sunset over the Tankwa Karoo. We feel very far from our homes here. Reaching Calvin required long hours over bumpy dirt roads. We met girls preparing to for their final exams to graduate from high school and invited them on our bus. Unlike us, they haven’t had the opportunity to have a support group for girls. It made us realize how much confidence we’ve gained over the past five years as part of Rock Girl.
We pulled into Upington in time for a sunset cruise on the Orange River, a welcome sight after hours on the dusty road. As the sun went down, we danced to Boere Musiek and reflected on where travel can take you. Who thought we’d be doing the conga line to traditional Afrikaans music the night before we tour police holding cells at the Magistrate’s Court.
On the Road Day 3
17 Rock Girls left Manenberg Friday afternoon and we headed to the hills. 50 hours later we’ve slept under the stars while listening to baboons and jackals, interviewed girls in the Karoo, trained in radio and photography, visited the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere and got off the beaten path in our beautiful country. We haven’t slept much.
Already, we’ve heard that girls in remote areas don’t have access to libraries, high schools and programs like Rock Girl. Sadly, violence against girls is also a problem here.
Tomorrow we head to Upington to meet with girls at the Magistrates Court and learn more about their lives before we head to the Kalahari Desert.
On this trip, the Rock Girls have invited four Americans girls who will be going back to share these stories with their communities. Although separated by an ocean, these girls have found several issues to work together to address.
Being off the beaten path sometimes means spotty wifi. A temporary problem for us but a big problem for the girls who live in this remote area.
Thank you, all of you, for making this trip possible. We could not do this without your support.
ABOUT THE TRIP
We are heading out on the road again. In October, 14 Rock Girls will leave Cape Town and head up to the Kalahari to track scorpions, visit the telescope at Sutherland, and learn about the Xhoisan culture. As we did on our past trip, we will invite girls to get on our bus, to share their stories, and to sleep over with us under the stars.
Rock Girls have been training in radio and photography and our fundraising efforts have been non-stop. Please consider supporting this life-changing adventure by donating to our GoFundMe Campaign.