The Critical Test for Ubomi …
Unfortunately, it didn’t stop at the one attack in Site C. It’s hard to explain what brought about this change and hard to comprehend that the skolis even put the community’s “Ubuntu” (“Together we are strong”) to the test for a short time. The situation worsened to such an extent that we were even warned not to enter Site C at all. Even the police responsible for Site B – there haven’t been any in Site C for a long time – couldn’t help us. For them, Site C is a ” lost area “. However, in this “lost area” are the very children who need us most urgently! For the first time in the last two years we felt an incredible sense of helpless anger. And even though it was very painful for us, we had to close the house for the time being, because we didn’t want to put ourselves and our children in danger. This was by far our hardest decision!
… and a New Beginning!
This helpless decision turned out to be a small breakthrough that brought us and Ubomi a long way forward. Our house became indispensable for the community, but above all for our children and their parents. An unbelievable dynamic developed – an “Ubuntu”, a cohesion, like we had never experienced before. Together, everyone was now fighting for the preservation and security of the Ubomi house in Site C. It would overstretch this article to name and explain all the details and measures, for example the “parent security”. The most important and crucial point is that Ubomi is once again a safe place, an island of safety for our children. No less significant for us is the lasting change in the community, which has made it its goal to create a hopeful perspective on life through Ubomi.
In the meantime, we have even opened a third house. This time, the decision was not made by us, but for us. In our consternation, it seemed right not to close a house without opening a new one.
April 2019: Three Ubomis for over One Hundred Children
Now we have three houses and over a hundred children. The events of the last months have brought us even closer together and have shown us how important and necessary our Ubomi houses are in the hot spots of the Townships. Even when we started Ubomi, it was always clear to us that we wanted to realize and advance Ubomi in the Township for the local people and, above all, always with the people in the Township. We know that together we can do it. Gorgo!