Logos Hope has arrived in Durban, the first of five ports she will be visiting in South Africa. The scenery of the city has changed completely compared to the ship’s last port visit in Mozambique and crewmembers are highly excited not only to get to know the place and its people, but also to serve.
During the official opening, the guest of honour, Government Representative for Parks, Recreation and Culture, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Nene, noted that Logos Hope’s visit coincides with two important events related to books and libraries. The first is the international library week while the other is the biggest literary event in Africa where writers from all over the country will gather to share their thoughts and experiences. “We want to make books and knowledge available to everyone in the country,” said Mr. Sikhumbuzo Nene. He also introduced the concept of ‘container libraries’ which is a solution to bring libraries to the rural and disadvantaged communities. One of the guests, Pastor Joseph, who volunteered on board Logos Hope’s sister ship, Doulos, emphasised the importance of the floating book fair to bring quality literature and knowledge to people as well.
Durban is also a special place for Logos Hope’s Director, Seelan Govender (South Africa), who grew up in Phoenix, a town northwest of Durban. “I find myself experiencing strange emotions as the two worlds of mine intercept and meet each other,” commented Seelan smiling, referring to his home area and Logos Hope where he has lived and worked for many years. “We have a lot to learn from Durban and its people; we hope that we will also have the opportunity to impact those that we come across.”
Logos Hope is open to the public in the Port of Durban until 3rd April ’16 at N-Shed.