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"Louise Persson from Gothenburg, Sweden, will be visiting South Africa for the fifth time this October. Prior to the trip, she collected money to build a bulletproof kindergarten in one of Cape Town's townships.

"It hurts so badly that it's even necessary," she says.

Louise Persson traveled to South Africa for the first time in 2009 to visit her aunt.
"I went to the townships and saw how people were living. That's where it started”, she says.

In October, she will make her fifth trip to the country. She works as a volunteer for "A Reaching Hand", started by her aunt in 2010. Last year Louise collected money for food for a school, this time her collection goes to a kindergarten in Cape Town.

"It is located in a township controlled by gangsters. The kindergarten has been directly affected by shootings. We will collect money for a new building and the cheapest and most effective is to rebuild a container. There will be windows, walls, doors and ventilation added.

How does it feel that a bulletproof kindergarten is needed?

"I almost do not know what to say, it hurts so badly in my heart. At the last shooting, they said that the children had sat down on the ground and put their fingers to their mouth to be silent. When I heard about it I just broke down." 

For safety reasons, Louise will not be able to visit the children in the daycare. However, some of the money will go towards her taking them for an outing. During her weeks in the country, she will also visit the organization's other projects and help where it is needed.

"It will be busy weeks," she says.

You've been to South Africa five times, what makes you go back?

The people. As I leave, it feels like I leave half my heart behind. I feel fullfilled and at home. The work is incredibly rewarding, I really see that it is useful, the gratitude and happiness of them is priceless.

At the time of writing, the collection is approximately 24,000 kronor. Louise will continue to raise money until she travels on October 3."

At the time of this Facebook posting, Louise has arrived in South Africa and is extremely grateful to have raised a total of 52.500 SEK from all your generous donations.