Courtesy of Michael Bakan
Los Altos native Michael Bakan, left, spends time with a friend in Soweto. Bakan and fellow Bellarmine College Preparatory alum Drew Descourouez founded The Simunye Project, aimed at telling the stories of South Africans.
Los Altos residents Michael Bakan and Drew Descourouez in June traveled 10,000 miles to Soweto, a township in South Africa where the aftershocks of apartheid still reverberate throughout the community.
The college students are still there, implementing their Simunye Project. It’s aimed at telling the stories of Soweto residents and generating dialogue in the U.S. about the struggles in post-apartheid South Africa. The project was first featured in the June 29 Town Crier, prior to the students’ departure.