Zola is a section of Soweto notorious for being a hub of criminal activity. It is home to many families who are faced with many social ills such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty, unemployment and worst of all…no one expects much from the youth of this community. The Extended Family Programme is working towards changing the mindsets of the community and youth in this area. All this, with your help.
For the past eight years or so, you’ve made sure that:
- She has a school uniform,
- food to eat,
- is able to attend school
- and has a support system that is able to take care of her mental and emotional well-being.
Amanda Radebe (pseudonym) is 17 and is one of our home-based care beneficiaries. She grew up with her maternal family and does not know her father. Amanda lives with her mother, grandfather, aunt, siblings and cousins and all are unemployed. But, this young lady is determined to change her family’s situation and she is well on her way to doing just that.
Amanda matriculated with three distinctions in Accounting, Business Studies and Life Orientation from Kwadedangendlale High School. For her hard work, she was treated to a lunch outing with her peers and received a laptop and speakers for being a top achiever at the school. This young lady is ready to take on the next chapter of her life. Amanda will be studying towards a BCom in Law at the University of Johannesburg and will be funded by NSFAS.
Asked what motivates her, Amanda replied: “Looking at my situation at home, I can see that I have no time to waste. I need to focus so that I can bring light and hope home and change our situation for the better”.
We wish Amanda all the best and look forward to her graduation day. And we will be front and center the day she fulfils her dream of opening her own law firm.
Amanda is one of many that you have helped to realise a dream and you continue to do the same for others.
Imagine the difference that was made through your investment in this single life. Amanda’s family will be uplifted once she achieves her dreams. Her peers and other youngsters in the community may lift their heads and recognise potential in their lives too. And most of all her offspring will most definitely have a better start in life.