Ratang Bana

The streets of Alexandra township are littered with dirt, garbage, street vendors, and goats. Car horns honk as taxis fly past. Women carry babies on their back and umbrellas over their heads to shield the sun. Children run through the streets. The busyness is overpowering.

But Ratang Banaย is a quiet oasis in the midst of the chaos. The resonating sound of car horns and the madness of life are drowned out in tranquility.

A non-profit started by a wonderfully courageous woman named Ingrid, Ratang Bana is a picturesque place saturated with hope for the future.ย Orphaned and at-risk children receive food parcels and homework assistance. Grannies suffering from AIDS plant gardens and make jewelry. And somehow the weather is always perfect and the children are always happy there.

Yesterday was our last day of ministry at RB until Katy and I return in August. It was hard to say goodbye to the kids, but the goodbyes and the hugs just made me more excited about spending the rest of my year here in JoBurg.

I have absolutely loved getting to know the kids of RB. They are hilarious and beautiful and so much fun. I wish I could bring every one of them home with me so that you could meet them and love them too. But since I cannot, you’ll have to settle for some fun photos from the past four months.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela


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