Harry and Meghan dance with youth mentors

September 25, 2019

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CAPE TOWN: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the offices of Justice Desk, an NGO.—AFP
CAPE TOWN: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the offices of Justice Desk, an NGO.—AFP

CAPE TOWN: Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan danced with a group of mentors who teach vulnerable youngsters from townships to swim and surf, then visited South Africa’s oldest mosque in Cape Town on Tuesday, the second day of their Africa tour.

The royal couple visited the Waves for Change project, which grew from a small surfing club started in Masiphumelele township in 2009, and which helps young people from poor and violent communities develop trust and confidence through surfing at Monwabisi beach .

The couple danced and chanted with surf mentors in wetsuits, who demonstrated the therapeutic activities they use to support young people who had survived traumatising experiences.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their first overseas tour since the birth of their first child Archie, who has accompanied them on their visit.

The compound at Monwabisi beach also houses the Lunchbox Fund charity, which benefited from public donations made to celebrate the birth of their baby Archie.

Harry praised the fund, which provides around 27,000 hot meals each day to vulnerable children.

“It’s amazing to think that just on the other side of here you’ve got tin huts with all of these kids with nothing. And they’re bringing them together. Nice hot meal provided by Lunchbox Fund,” said Harry.

Many of the young people had been terrified of the sea before they joined the youth group, he said. “Now they can swim, they can surf... it’s incredible,” he added.

Later in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited South Africa’s oldest mosque, Auwul Mosque, in Bo-Kaap, one of Cape Town’s oldest residential quarters and a former slave enclave with brightly-painted houses.

Published in Dawn, September 25th, 2019