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South Africa 2023

January 5 - April 4, 2023

After a long, unintended sabbatical during the global pandemic, we are excited that Crossing the Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange (CTW) is re-establishing former and adding new educational programming in South Africa. Part of our work includes establishing permanent residency at the Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre in Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa. This residency not only benefits programming local to Cape Town, it also allows us to image infinite possibilities for youth in the United States to connect with Africa. 

As humans around the world experience great transformation in the way we relate to each other, CTW is working to facilitate this new way of being. This is our contribution in helping heal the trauma of colonization and enslavement through promoting understanding and reparations. We invite you to be part of this journey, whether through financial support or helping us broaden our networks and community connections. 

If you would like to learn more about our programming efforts, visit the CTW Programs page. As always, feel free to reach out to us using our Contact page.

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January

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January 6th
Airport in Capetown, South Africa
(L-R: Amai, Vuyiswa, Josh, Ingrid)

We've arrived! Our extraordinary host Vuyiswa Lamfiti was there to great us with hugs and great joy!

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January 12th

Cape Town, South Africa

Greeting long-time friends and meeting new friends. 

January 7th

Capetown, South Africa

(L-R: Amai, Josh, Sonji, Vuyiswa)

Our first full day!

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre
CTW's new permanent residency!
During the global pandemic, while our programs were on pause, Ingrid worked to establish a relationship with the city of Cape Town and Guga S'Thebe to have a permanent location from which to operate our South African programs. We are excited about this new partnership and what we will be able to accomplish together. 

January 14th

Cape Town, South Africa

Friends gathering in the home of Fatima Dike, CTW's SA Program Director and world renowned playwright.

Guga S'Thebe
Cultural Centre

Langa Township, Cape Town

 

CTW's South African home

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

Sonji Johnson-Anderson, CTW's Director of Educational Initiatives, in front of our new South African home.

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

(mirror)

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

(L-R: Sonji, ?, Amai)

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

(L-R: Amai)

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

(L-R: Amai and Fatima Dike)

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January 17th

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January

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January
Airport in Capetown, South Africa
(L-R: Amai, Vuyiswa, Josh, Ingrid)

We've arrived! Our extraordinary host Vuyiswa Lamfiti was there to great us with hugs and great joy!

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January

Cape Town, South Africa

Greeting long-time friends and meeting new friends. 

January

Capetown, South Africa

(L-R: Amai, Josh, Sonji, Vuyiswa)

Our first full day!

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January

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre
CTW's new permanent residency!
During the global pandemic, while our programs were on pause, Ingrid worked to establish a relationship with the city of Cape Town and Guga S'Thebe to have a permanent location from which to operate our South African programs. We are excited about this new partnership and what we will be able to accomplish together. 

January

Cape Town, South Africa

Guga S'Thebe
Cultural Centre

Langa Township, Cape Town

 

CTW's South African home

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January

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First meeting with the new leaders of the CTW After-school program. 

January

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Sonji Johnson-Anderson, CTW's Director of Educational Initiatives, in front of our new South African home.

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January

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January

Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre

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January

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February

The space for the CTW Theatre Program
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ape Town, South Africa

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February

Gratitude to Joshua Anderson, our photographer and videographer on this three-month working trip

February

Enjoying a lecture with
Professor Jonathan Jansen.

February

An afternoon with Larry Burnley
and his team of educators from
Shaker Heights, Ohio

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February

A visit to Artscape Theatre Centre, the main performing arts centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

February

A visit to the Long Road to Freedom exhibit in Cape Town

February

Dr. Amai Clarice Munchus with Thabisa Dinga, Langa Champion & Assistant to the CTW Dance Program.

March
Dancers in the CTW Dance Program debriefing after a session.

March

A visit to Bardale High School in Mfuleni Township in Cape Town 

March

Day 1 of the new CTW After School Program at the
Guga S'Thebe Cultural Centre!

Ways to donate

At this time, we are able to take one-time donations as well as monthly donations through our Network For Good site. These options are below. Soon, we will offer a way to send donations in the form of checks. Check back with us soon!

Ways to create connections

We love meeting new people and groups and expand our networks and communities. These connections are where the magic happens! 

If you would like to reach out to us, please use the Contact form on this website. You are also welcome to join our mailing list below to receive periodic updates. 

 

We will very soon be able to offer more ways to join us. Stay tuned!!

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