matfontein first photo

Hunting in the Karoo… Project Hunting, that is

We arrive in some towns with few, if any, contacts and no preconceived ideas with the hope that we’ll come across an unexpected project gem. Often this means discovering something in its teething stages, whereas other times people are struggling to figure out how to get started. And then there are also those who have given up before they even get going.

In Victoria West, for example, chatting to people in the street led us to a bundle of government funded social initiatives including a soup kitchen for the youth and elderly, and a variety of skills development programs for the unemployed.
Vic west

vic west soup
© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

Unexpected, old fashioned charm welcomed us to Matjiesfontein. In addition to taking in the touristy highlights, however, we also managed to find a government-sponsored herb garden and nursery that looked like it had some real potential.
Mat bus
© 2013 Lettie Irving Wildlife Photography

Mat nursery
© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

A great up and coming swop shop project that we found in Prince Albert has already seen some significant success after only a year of being in operation. Children in the community bring recyclable materials to the swop shop where they are weighed in exchange for points. Points can then be used to purchase a meal or something from the shop, which s stocked with various items, ranging from food to pencil cases and clothing, most of which are donated by local people.
swartberg pass

prince albert
© 2013 Lisa Scriven | levelle perspectives

This photo blog was prepared in support of The EXPEDITION Project 2013.