Our house headed down to the Waterfront for St. Patricks Day. On our way there we didn’t see many people in green but once we arrived at the Waterfront it was Irish green all the way. There was even an Irish folk band playing! Plus – they had green mojito’s which was amazing.
In 1989 the District Six Museum Foundation was established, and in 1994 the District Six Museum came into being. It serves as a remembrance to the events of the apartheid era as well as the culture and history of the area before the removals. The ground floor is covered by a large street map of District Six, with handwritten notes from former residents indicating where their homes had been; other features of the museum include street signs from the old district, displays of the histories and lives of District Six families, and historical explanations of the life of the District and its destruction. In addition to its function as a museum it also serves as a memorial to a decimated community, and a meeting place and community center for Cape Town residents who identify with its history.
On Saturday we visited the District Six museum. The museum is located in an old church and most of the original architecture is still in place. The museum is full of amazing stories, photographs and relics from District Six and is well worth the time to isn’t if you are ever in Cape Town.
This is the home of Bevan and his Mum. They live in a one room shack at the back of a lot in Capricorn Township.
Sarah (a volunteer from the U.S) is close with Bevan and is paying (with help from her family and Christina) for a new home to be built for him and his Mum.
The new property will have a solid roof (the current one leaks whenever there is rain), complete walls and windows. The whole thing is costing R3500 – less than $400 to be built.
Once the house is built (it should take 1 day to construct the whole thing) we will help put in plumbing, electricity and get a bed for Bevan.
A big thank you to all those who donated money – because if you I am able to help this family and give them a secure home.