In September Ade was in Grahamstown/Makhanda briefly. Then in November Ade and Christina were in South Africa together for nine days. All good intentions to write about our visit were overtaken bye Christmas - so here is a better-late-than-never brief run down.
First stop, the Sewing Studio and here we are, left to right, Christina, Robyn Cooper who organised the last iteration of the course, Sabelo Bill tutor, Sipahle, star pupil and Ade. We are standing in Jane Bradshaw's lovely garden. and has now moved to Jo'burg where we wish her well.
Next we went to Kenton to meet Tanya Fouche - seen here with Ade - who hopes to get a sewing project off the ground with a little help from us.
These beautiful cabbages were grown by Masimini who has been teaching his neighbours to grow their own. It wasn't clear if there would be a role for us in this small but important project, we are keeping in touch and will wait and see.
From Grahamstown/Makhanda we drove north through the Eastern Cape and the Transkei - where the roads are challenging to put it mildly. We went to the Donald Woods Foundation. At the moment the foundation is inactive and the facilities we saw are mothballed. But they hope to start up projects again in the next year or so, and there may be some possibility of partnership with them down the line.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.