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What's your botshabelo?

Updated: May 5, 2019



As we bring our trip recap to a close, we are excited to deliver our final post (although this isn't the last you'll be hearing about the project).

In good times and in bad, everyone needs a friend to turn to, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen or maybe a place to run to. Botshabelo, in it's direct translation means, a place of refuge or a place to run to. It isn't just a fun word to say, it's meaning is deeply profound and inspiring when we consider the selfless work of the Cloete family. We've shared several stories and photos from our trip thus far and we wanted to close our trip recap with a deeper look into the meaning of this word.

Our photos not only capture the spirit of the community. We believe they reflect the beauty of the word Botshabelo. The community is not simply an orphanage or a school. It's not defined by the work they do. Rather, the Cloete family and Botshabelo are defined by smiles they bring to those that they give refuge to. Botshabelo is shaped by the sense of community and family they inspire and ultimately, Botshabelo is, and should be recognized for living and breathing the core values of love and acceptance.

We hope you've enjoyed reading about our visit and will continue to follow our journey with the Botshabelo Solar Panel Project. As we continue to collaborate with our new friends, we'll be brining lots of photos, stories and fun ways to get involved. Before we send you off to check out our photos, we leave you with this final thought...

What's your Botshabelo?