CRECHE BLOG – Zulu Immersion

The sun was shining, the kids were smiling and another great day was had!

Monica, Lacy and Hannah looking good while mixing cement

Monica, Lacy and Hannah looking good while mixing cement

Today’s work was much the same as yesterday we had to continue making bricks to be used for the building of the soup kitchen as well as digging out the foundation for the water catchment. In the hot sun everyone kept working hard determined to get their jobs done well.

Monica loves making bricks

Monica loves making bricks

Of course there were a lot of great time with the kids as well, as people took turns teaching English lessons, singing songs and playing group games.

McKenzie and Paige giving a lesson at the Creche

McKenzie and Paige giving a lesson at the Creche

Games with the kids

Games with the kids

More Games

More Games

After finishing at the Creches for the day we made our way to Veyane cultural village. It is a village within a Zulu community still set up traditionally to educate people on Zulu culture and maintain the culture for the younger Zulu generation.

Our lovely guide Zaa started off the tour by taking us to a local Sangoma (Zulu Doctor). Sangoma’s cannot decide to be one, but feel a calling in a dream from their ancestors and must take on the challenge. After four years of training they are then a Sangoma for the rest of their lives treating illness in the community through their secret medicines.

Entering into the Ancestors room

Entering into the Ancestors room

The Sangoma

The Sangoma

Once the Sangoma entered we learnt about different medicines she had made and when she had her calling to become one.
We were then shown the traditional dance of the Sangoma and people had the opportunity to hear their fortunes told!

Kayla, Charlie and Hannah learning the Sangoma dance

Kayla, Charlie and Hannah learning the Sangoma dance

After the visit to the Sangoma it was time to enter the local village. We were met by a Warrior outside who had to decide whether we were good visitors or those looking to cause trouble….

Jess up on the lookout point with a Zulu warrior

Jess up on the lookout point with a Zulu warrior

Hannah giving the Zulu handshake as we get welcomedin

Hannah giving the Zulu handshake as we get welcomed in

Luckily they decided we were good visitors and so we began the tour inside.

We learnt about the separate sleeping quarters of the Women and Men, the traditonal jobs of the local ladies and the outfits they wear.

Kayla, Mckenzie and Megan

Kayla, Mckenzie and Megan

Kayla thinks she could be a Zulu warrior

Kayla thinks she could be a Zulu warrior

Charlie with his mean face on!

Charlie with his mean face on!

What a fine group of Zulu Ladies!

What a fine group of Zulu Ladies!

Hannah learning the art of Zulu mat weaving

Hannah learning the art of Zulu mat weaving

McKenzie could be a Zulu woman with that balance

McKenzie could be a Zulu woman with that balance

It was so much fun getting involved in the Zulu culture and learning about all the differences from what we perceive as normal.

After touring the village and changing into the traditional clothes it was time for us to watch and participate in a Zulu celebration of singing, fighting and dancing.

Charlie taking on a Zulu warrior

Charlie taking on a Zulu warrior

Everyone up for a Zulu dance in their new outfits

Everyone up for a Zulu dance in their new outfits

It was a very entertaining finish to what had been a wonderful tour and lesson on Zulu culture.

Another great day coming to a close, I can’t believe how quickly the time is passing. Every day we grow closer as a group and I’m really not looking forward to saying goodbye.

Please keep up the comments and messages of support to all the amazing volunteers we have working so hard each day!

 

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