by Liam Kelly
I am a part of the Seattle South African Scholarship Foundation (SSASF), an organization of high school kids in Seattle who raise money that pays college tuition for nine scholars who come from impoverished townships in South Africa.
At the end of October, I had the opportunity to go to South Africa with my mom so that we could talk face to face to the people who are involved with SSASF there.
We went to a lot of meetings with a bunch of different adults, but for me, the exciting part was whenever we got to see the scholars. I knew half of the scholars from their visit to Seattle and when I visited South Africa in 2008, but I had never met the others before.
During the week that I was there we met these scholars at their school and they would give us a tour and tell us about their lives.
By the end of the week I had gotten to know them all a lot more than before the trip. They were a bunch of wonderful people that didn’t have much in common other than graduating from the same high school and being picked to receive a scholarship from SSASF.
At the end of the trip, on my last night there, everyone got together and we had a big Braai, a South African Barbeque. We all ate tons of delicious food, played card games, and laughed for hours.
It was a wonderful night that I will never forget, and a wonderful example of how God can bring people together.