Sonja Kruse, also known as ‘The uBuntu Girl’ is blessed with a well-developed sense of adventure and enormous faith in humanity. In 2009 she embarked on a year long solo trip around South-Africa on foot and by thumb. She set out with a 33lt backpack, a camera and a R100 with an open heart and an open mind. She hitch hiked and walked for 351 days, experiencing the generosity of 150 families, from 16 cultures, throughout 114 towns. She did this without a back up team, tent or bank cards and without pre-planning the route. She wanted to collect the goodwill stories that are often omitted from our newspaper headlines.
She is the author of ‘The uBuntu Girl’ – a book about this epic journey and of the remarkable encounters she had along the way. Her wish is that it will help us build social bridges and equip the next generation with the tools to write the stories we want for our future. As well as being an international presenter and speaker, including stages in Europe and South America, she was a 2011 Feather Awards Finalist and currently facilitates uBuntu youth development workshops. She also facilitates reading & writing workshops for FunDza Literacy Trust.
Sonja Kruse did what many thought impossible and took to the streets and national roads of South Africa embarking on a journey that led her to the heart of that country’s collective spirit — Ubuntu. In this episode of I Am Woman Leap of Faith find out more about her extraordinary adventure covering 13 000km alone with only R100 (around $US 12) in her pocket
Audiences have included:
Mexican Government ~ Mexico
IFS Intrnationale Film Schule ~ Germany
Ubuntu Project Store ~ Italy
Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
The Spar Group
Group 5 Construction
Pep Stores South Africa
University of Johannesburg
University of Cape Town
GIBS – Gordons Institute of Business Science
Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television
Department of Correctional Services
KZN Department of Arts and Culture
Various schools, clubs, networks and associations.