It was an early start to the day as our team made their way to “Blikkies Dorp” (Tin Town in English ), a Temporary Relocation Area in Delft, 30km from Cape Town. It is called Blikkies Dorp due to the entire area consisting of corrugated iron shacks lined up in multiple rows.

The day itself was one filled with excitement as the RLabs team will have the opportunity to meet some of the amazing leaders and residents of Blikkies Dorp equipping them with Digital and Social Media skills. The group who arrived at the RLabs Creative space in Cape Town was part of the Blikkies 4 Hope project and the training was part of their plan to equip themselves with skills to share their community stories with the rest of the world.

The sessions started with each one of the team and group introducing themselves sharing their expectations for the day. It did not take long before everyone got going covering various tools such as blogging, facebook, twitter and youtube, to name but a few. As the day progressed the atmosphere in the room became evident that the hunger and thirst to learn as well as sharing of stories become the order of the day.

The entire experience have taught us some valuable lessons:

1) Hope is like a flame we always need one another to fan the flame in order to it keep burning.

2) Our circumstances should never be an excuse for a lack of passion. The passion and drive by the Blikkies4Hope team was incredible and contagious.

3) An appetite for learning should always be served with a mixture of endless possibilities and HOPE.

RLabs will continue working with the people and organisations in Blikkies Dorp to make the difference and see a community empowered. To support the Blikkies4Hope project visit their website and for a detailed look into this community view the video by Barefoot Workshops about the people of “Blikkies Dorp”

Tin Town – Original from Barefoot Workshops on Vimeo.

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