Archive of Kindness, by Dr Jess Auerbach is an uplifting and historically valuable collection of stories. In 2020 when lockdown was announced, Auerbach observed an outpouring of support between ordinary residents in South Africa. She began to document these ‘micro-kindnesses’ and created a website to record them, which received significant international and local attention. She later expanded this archive with her students at North-West University, ultimately recording approximately 2000 stories of remarkable kindness and care.
A selection of stories from the Archive of Kindness website have now been selected by prominent Southern Africans and representatives from the Community Action Networks. These are recorded in a beautiful book that has been illustrated by rising artist and recent graduate of the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art, Jethro Longwe. The book is produced to the highest standard, becoming an important record of the pandemic and enabling further national reflection on the most positive aspects of South African society.
For more information, please contact - Lynn Booysen / 016 910 3410 (Optentia Research Unit)