Visiting the offices of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
Visiting the offices of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

Visiting the offices of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

Through my work for Global Exploration, a Dutch NGO, I had the honor to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu, here in his Cape Town office. He had written a Foreword for the Global Exploration Yearbook 2014 so I dropped off a copy for his library at the Foundation.

A few days later I received an email with the invitation to come and have tea with The Arch and the office staff. What an honor!! Global Exploration sends Dutch youth all over the world to make a difference and be the change they want to see in the world and he wanted to know more about this organization. Surely I would have time to go and meet him, it is just down the road from me.

Meeting a person of his caliber and spending some time with him, will always leave you inspired, listening to their wisdom is a gift you will always carry with you.

His wisdom that morning on the 30th of June 2015, taught me about ‘acknowledgement’. He explained that we had been invited so that The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation could acknowledge the work that Global Exploration does. We should now go out and acknowledge others who make a difference in this world. It was profound and, again, it was a lesson in Ubuntu, ‘I am what I am because of what we all are’, the essence of being human.

On a personal note. It was school holidays and Rosie wasn’t a 100% healthy so I didn’t want to bring her to day care. I decided to take her with me to the meeting. It might have been a little bit disruptive but at the same time The Arch loves children and everyone in the office was super sweet.

One day I will show Rosie this picture and it will enable me to explain to her how important Desmond Tutu was for our little modern family. His struggle against Apartheid ensured that cross-cultural adoption was no longer a crime in South Africa, that single people can adopt as well and loving families can be created for kids whose biological parents can’t look after them. Eternal gratitude from me and Rosie!