This is the title of the novel that I wrote and was published by Penguin Books. It is a story about two courageous women, one a child of poverty and the other a child of plenty who are born on the same day in Johannesburg South Africa. They become lifelong friends against the backdrop of apartheid in its early then waning days. But it is more than that. It is about people who want so much to belong and yet because of the accident of birth – cannot. Perhaps the reason they are excluded is because they are black, or brown, or even white, or Jewish or Catholic – wars have been fought and continue to be fought for these reasons or less. Or because they are fat, or disabled, or poor or just different.

I was sent this video by a friend. It brought me to tears – did it do the same for you ? Even those who are different can belong. Inside we are all the same.

And if you have further interest in supporting this worthy project which was first set up 10  years ago and has now graduated multiple young people into independent lives go to:


To obtain a copy of my novel ‘Belonging’ by Larraine Segil go to Amazon.comimage


About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all - Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.
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