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.