Sharon and Jerry Becker

New York - USA

Batya Bagel

Bantry Bay - South Africa

11 October 2007

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I met Sharon and Jerry at their cousin Batya's Bagel's home in Bantry Bay and after becoming acquainted we set off on a cultural experience in the winelands


Sharon, Batya and Jerry at Plattekloof with Cape Town in the background


Jerry and Sharon at the Afrikaans language monument


Batya enjoying lunch with Lily in her home in Kayamandi


Jerry and Sharon enjoying lunch in Lily's home


Please click here to see Lily and her daughters Ati and Tulele singing to Sharon on her birthday
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The threesome with Lily and her daughters Ati and Tulele in front of Lily's house in Kayamandi



Enjoying the ballroom dancers at the Ikamva Lethu centre


Having fun with the kids who joined us at Nosandile's shack home


Please click on the above picture to see a video of the kids singing happy birthday to Sharon as it was her birthday on the day.
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Joining the kids who participated in the trash for fruit project in Zone J.





Enjoying the choral singing of the Bianca Choir in the Ikamva Lethu Centre.

It was wonderful taking this trio on a South African cultural experience and the whole journey was even more meaningful to me because we had Batya, a fellow South African, in the car with us. There was lots that was discussed in the course of the day and we all learnt a lot from each other in the process. All in all the whole day was a very educational and enjoyable one for all and certainly went down as a day to remember for all of us.



Received 1 November 2007

Dear Selwyn,

We are finally home and caught up on much needed sleep from our long flights home from South Africa. Thank you so much for a FANTASTIC journey in Cape Town - and especially our visit to the Township of Kayamandi. It was a great way to spend my birthday. We especially loved having lunch with Lily, and having the young children sing Happy Birthday to me. The residents of Kayamandi may lack material wealth but their spirit, friendliness and warmth is something that money cannot buy. They have a lot to be grateful for - having a friend such as you - who has offered so much to give them hope for the future. We hope they were able to make use of the cartons of school supplies that we left at the school. We continued our tour of Cape Town for several days after we left you - and once again - continued to be in awe of your beautiful country.

Thank you so much for making our short stay in Cape Town so enjoyable.

Sharon & Jerry Becker