From my Guesthouse- 5 mins left is beautiful SUNSHINE, 5 mins right is scary DARKNESS…

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Dear all friends, colleagues and my fello pulsars,

Here I am back with my new blog showing reflection on my 1st week in South Africa.

Yes, the blog title tells you a lot, there are two southafrica lives within 10 mins distance where i live.

5 mins left from my guest house…you will see, 

Sunshine, Ferraris, LVs, Guccis, clubs, RADOs, apples etc etc…

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Contradictory,

5 mins right from my guest house… (This time RIGHT is gone WRONG here..)

you will see,

Darkness, scarcity of water, no electricity, no food, robs, crimes, everything messed up here and absolutely there are more etc….etc….etc….

Guys, heartily welcome to South Africa’s oldest undeveloped township…MUNSIEVILLE. 

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Informal settlement of shack homes in Munsieville..
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A Church
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Can you see the green booths??..guess what??..those are the common toilets..if the resident has SA ID, he will get first preference to have this booth near to his shack home…otherwise long queues..and i did told you no electricity in this area..so this people lives only daylife…
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Children Playground work has been ongoing by NGO
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a corner shop or you can say off-liscence shop..
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Absolutely no waste management here…people throw their waste anywhere; and the sad thing I saw was few people including some children managed to find their food from the dumping area..That’s just heartbreaking and terrible…Dont forget to show these pics to your children…atleast we should thank god we are among the fortunate ones…
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Extension-4 of Munsieville which is called Mayibuye area. This is the area where my NGO is going to build a Early years development center including health promotion center mainly focussing on children. What a wonderful work they are doing…hats off….

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Residents of Munsieville used to believe strongly:-

1) Nothing good ever happens in Munsieville.

2) No one interested in Munsieville.

Project hope UK (Thoughtful path Munsieville) showed interest and has been staying established as thoughtful path in Munsieville from past many years focusing especially on children on various sectors like health, education, sports, entrepreneur, arts and culture and many more to change the negative mentality of the community. So community now believes that there is a organisation working for them, staying with them and there is now good things happening in township from past few years. 

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Project Hope UK’s first pulse volunteeer Martin did absoulte fantastic job in 2009 with NGO when they organised a children football cup along with football world cup. people still remember him and the work he did..this is the impact and sustainibility in the community i can feel…
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Children’s embassy and my office in Munsieville.

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That’s it for now, I will be back shortly with my initial success story in community from last two week’s work for my assignment on child health in my next blog. Stay tune..

Long Live Pulse!!

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Till than, stay safe and have a great weekend.

Signing off,

Hitesh

Disclaimer:-

“Hi! My name is Hitesh Dave and I live in UK. I work for GSK, currently serving as a PULSE Volunteer with [Project Hope UK], however the opinions you read from me here are totally my own.” 

6 comments

  1. Thanks for all the photos. I have always wanted to go to South Africa. I enjoyed learning about the culture through your eyes. Keep up the great blogs:)

  2. Thank you Hitesh for sharing these photos and perspectives on Munsieville – the contrast from right to left from your guesthouse is stark. I hear you are already doing great work – keep it up! Look forward to your next blog to hear about your successes.

  3. Hi Hitesh,

    It was a pleasure reading your blog, looking at the pictures bringing me so much memories, and great to hear that people in the community still remember me! Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Hitesh,

    Looks like you have settled in quickly and you and Avadhesh are already make good progress with your work. Good to be reminded of the Embassy and impressed to see the colourful addition of details of the help line on the side. Must be very exiting to be working with the community to ensure the new clinic in Mayibuye is a success. I’m sure your work will help promote good health practice in a setting where risk of preventable illness is high. Looking forward to hearing more of your trip and work. Best wishes to all in the team.

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