The work we witnessed during our time interacting with various NGO’s around Cape Town was inspiring. After hearing from each of the agencies and spending a few days working for Afrika Tikkun, I have realized that my role, if I were to find a career in international social work, should be to provide resources and support for the work that is already being done. They are already doing so much with so little. The programs set in place are innovative and working well, they were created by locals with a cultural understanding that the rest of us are unlikely to obtain.
We saw signs of NGO’s beginning to tap into other resources for funding. Some organizations were using tourism as a way to bring in money to lessen their need for government aid, which is already minimal. I’m excited to see what the future holds for agencies such as Afrika Tikkun, Uthando, Educo Africa, and others.