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In this week's episode Teddy sees himself returning to Africa, as I find myself leaving.... packing my suitcases after an 11 month stay whilst working on the Philanthropist. When I first arrived here last September we were sent on a whirlwind tour from city to jungle, stunning beaches to working harbors, plush apartments to townships and before too long the many contradictions within this continent became very clear to me.
Whilst we see Teddy, AJ and Gerard's experiences unfold I can't help but think how my colleagues and I have been affected both by Africa and by working on the show. At times, when one sees the hardship that some of the families endure, it can be heartbreaking. Yet the pride, resolve and positivity that comes through has been incredibly humbling to us all. We have met with a great many people on this journey, all of whom have been so kind, generous and hospitable to us, and these experiences here have both educated and informed us.
Last week I had the privilege to meet with a husband and wife who over the last nine years have set up an orphanage within Khayelitsha (the largest township in Cape Town) and are now looking after 36 children, caring for the impoverished, abandoned and disabled. They provide food, shelter, clothing and support to the children, their hard work and determination to bring the children up in a secure and safe environment is astonishing, as is their love for them.
These are the images that will remain in my mind. After all this time away I am excited to return home but like Teddy I hope I may return to Africa soon to see the close friends and colleagues that I have made, as well as taste and smell this great and proud continent which is like no other.