In the work we do, there is a strong focus on forming partnerships, creating connections, bonds, and touching peoples lives. Yet with todays fast paced life and various forms to telecommunication, it is easy to be cloaked by technology and lose the human touch even when working with our own staff members. African Impact realise the importance of coming together, the intangible value of face to face contact. Which is why for the second year running we brought all our project and business managers from all our destinations around Africa to Cape Town for an exciting four days of workshopping and brain storming! This year our registered charity 'The Happy Africa Foundation' took center stage, with sustainability being the hot topic. Sustainability is a difficult and complex subject where there are not necessarily any 'right' answers. Anyone who works within this industry can understand the hair- pulling complexities involved. Just as we can never be 100% green, we can never be 100% sustainable, this can be a bitter pill to swallow, but we continue to build sustainability as the foundation to each of our projects. Like a gardener who attends to their land, we continually try and prune and preen our projects, looking for ways to fertilise our soils, protect our saplings and create a harmonious environment for them to grow. The four days were an incredible success. There was a wealth of expertises, experience and knowledge from over 30 of our different staff members, and with that came an overwhelming amount of passion and enthusiasm, a real privilege to be part of this dynamic team. We worked hard and covered a lot of ground in a short period of time, but there was also time for some fun too... On the Tuesday afternoon we had a spectacular time with our friends at Green Pop a great organisation working hard to plant trees in schools, communities, and deforested areas throughout Africa, with the aim to spread environmental awareness, uplift under-greened communities, make greening enjoyable and combat climate change! The afternoon showed that African Impact like to walk the walk and are certainly not afraid to get our hands dirty! We volunteered alongside a number of enthusiastic children at a secondary school in Manenburg township, Cape Town and together we spent the afternoon digging holes and planting over 60 trees. It was a beautiful sight by the end of the afternoon to see the high school looking alive and green with fresh new sapling trees. The four days was finished off with a traditional South African braai. But in continuation with the subject of sustainability, only food was served to those who came in fancy dress... theme? Recycling of course! Check out our facebook page for pictures and let us know who you think is best dressed. A massive thank you must go out to all those who contributed towards the success of the 4 days, without you none of this could have happened!