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BEHIND THE THEMBA TRAINING DESK

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BEHIND THE THEMBA TRAINING DESK
It is an early start to the day in beautiful, Nomzamo. I’m assisting the team who are handing out 500 fleece blankets to less fortunate community members. There are wonderful conversations on the go, and everyone is getting to know each other a little bit better. 


Nonkqubela, one of our Themba Training Alumni who had made these blankets, looks on from the side, pride evident in her eyes. To think that only 11 months ago, Nonkqubela arrived at our Basic Sewing Training course, barely knowing how to switch a sewing machine on. I feel very privileged to have been part of the team to produce these 500 fleece blankets for this event, knowing that 2 people benefit from each blanket here today: the person receiving it, and the person who earned a skill AND an income making it.
It doesn’t get better than this, I think.
I look around the sea of people and suddenly see a familiar face. Olwethu is only smiles and joy as I walk over to greet and quickly catch up with h…

Jamie-Lee

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#MandelaMonth - The Power of Education In 2015, Jamie-Lee’s father passed away, and she was struggling to juggle primary school while taking care of her two younger sisters. She and another friend heard about School of Hope and immediately ran to enrol. Jamie-Lee knew that if she didn’t jump on this opportunity, there may not be another one. After arriving at the school and speaking with the principal, she applied, and eventually enrolled at School of Hope.
In 2015, she began dating a gangster. While there were aspects of her life that had fallen into place, with his questionable values and morals, her partner began derailing her life. Jamie-Lee eventually dropped out of school and moved in with her boyfriend. After taking the fall for an illegal act her boyfriend performed,  she was arrested and spent a month in prison. Once she completed her sentence, Jamie-Lee knew she had to get her life back on track, as there was a better path somewhere out there for her. Jamie-Lee moved back in…

Luthfiyah

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Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Sometimes the most important tasks are the ones that seem the most impossible. Goals can seem too grand, too far, and as if there is no possibility of ever reaching them. However, once they are accomplished, when determination, support, and hope triumph over disappointment, disunity, and despair, then those goals that once seemed impossible are all the more fulfilling.

School of Hope provides support and opportunities to determined learners, offering a second chance for those who dropped-out and may be too old to attend a ‘normal’ Secondary School. School of Hope, is a Thembalitsha Foundation project, a Non-Profit Company, meaning it can only function through the financial support of its supporters. By donating R250 per month, you provide a learner with the means of making the impossible seem attainable. Previous supporters have afforded the opportunity of an education to learners a…

Sibahle

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School of Hope works with learners of all backgrounds, accepting applications from potential learners up to 21 years of age. Private donations provide School of Hope with the funds they need to provide learners with desks, food, and a safe place to learn with a dedicated staff that encourages their education and hopes for the future. Donate R250 each month to sponsor the desk of a learner, and provide School of Hope with the funds they need to operate and welcome learners like Sibahle through their doors. >>> https://www.hope.org.za/sponsor-a-desk





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Sibahle is a Grade 9 learner in School of Hope, is fourteen years old and dreams of one day attending university to continue her education after matriculation. She hopes to one day be a physio-therapist, stating that she loves helping people and relieving pain and discomfort. Currently, she enjoys her isiXhosa classes at the School of Hope, spending time with her friends that she has made at th…

Caryn

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Her name is Caryn, she is 13 and one of School of Hope’s Grade 8 learners. Caryn likes to sing, dance, rap, and read when she isn’t spending time with her friends. Caryn is enjoying her time at School of Hope, and already knows what she wants to do after she matriculates. She dreams of going to university and studying trauma psychology so she can be like the detectives she admires so much on television. During her time at School of Hope, she has met numerous children with stories that may be difficult to hear, but this has opened her mind to a future of helping others get through hard times. 

Her name is Caryn, and she has never considered dropping out of school. When asked why, she asks, “Why would I waste so much of my time by dropping out when I’m so close to being done? If I dropped out, I would not be able to do anything, no job, nothing.” She lives with her parents and younger brother, and although she enjoys school, she had great difficulty …

Dorcas

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When Dorcas was only 10 years old, her older sister disappeared without a trace. As anyone could imagine this was an incredible struggle for her mother who began drinking more often as her life had been turned on its head. Dorcas was forced to take on a more motherly role for the sake of her younger sister. 
Dorcas’ uncle with whom she had a strong relationship, noticed her struggle. He encouraged her to stay in school so that she would not lose out on her childhood years. He sent a social worker to Dorcas’ house and she was quickly uprooted, along with her younger sister, where they were transferred to Lawrence House, a child and youth care facility in Woodstock (just outside of Cape Town).
When she first moved to Lawrence House, Dorcas went to a regular primary school along with three other young ladies who lived there. After the rates for tuition at school rose, the home she stayed at was no longer able to provide the funds for her education. Not…

Jaden

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Awe! My name is Jaden.


When I was younger and in primary school, I strongly disliked going to school. To be more specific, I disliked the people I went to school with because they irritated me by making it hard to focus or do my schoolwork. I wanted a quiet place to study, a safe place where I could feel at ease, and where my fellow learners were as dedicated to learning as I was.

I often spent time at home, playing games and watching T.V. When I went outside, it was always to see my neighbour’s grandchildren as I loved to play with them. Spending time with them was the best part of my day as I didn’t have many friends at school.  I didn’t want to socialize with anyone. Making friends was hard. My Grandparents have taken care of me and my family for a long time. They have always supported my education, and I inherited their dedication to learning. 


I was enrolled into the School of Hope a year ago, at the age of 13 and I am currently in Grade 9. I e…

Rene

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When you walk in the doors of School of Hope, Rene is one of the first faces you will see. She stands next to the front desk, greeting the learners as they enter. Rene is in her final year of Secondary School and is the School Captain. She has been on School of Hope’s leadership team since Grade 9 and has been serving as the Captain for two years. 
To become a member of the leadership team, the learner must submit an application, receive nominations from two learners and two of their teachers, and submit a testimonial on why they would like to serve. Once the leadership team is chosen, 3 members are selected as candidates for Captain. These candidates present a manifesto at assembly to show the learners why they are passionate about serving their school, and the learners then vote for who will be representing them for the next year. For the past two years, Rene has won over the support of her fellow learners by proving to them that she will represe…

Zabibu

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Sponsor a Desk assists School of Hope in providing learners with the resources for a second chance at learning >>>https://www.hope.org.za/sponsor-a-desk. Each month, R250 from individual donors across the world provides the school with critical financial resources that they are able to use for what the school needs most at any given time. If you were to sponsor a desk today, you could give eager learners the opportunity to rise above the very limited circumstances they were born into.

Zabibu was not born in South Africa, but in the country of Burundi, which she left at a young age with her father and sisters after her parent’s divorce. She travelled south for many years with her father, stopping in many different countries living with various “aunties”, “uncles” and friends that assisted them along the way. Upon reaching South Africa, her father abandoned Zabibu and her sisters which forced her to take on a parental role. They found a hom…

Chante

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As a grade 10 learner, Chante has developed a love for education over her three years at the School of Hope. The opportunity for her to develop this new relationship with learning and a love for education would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the hard work of the staff at the school and the support of private donors who are part of the Sponsor a Desk campaign for R250 a month >>> https://www.hope.org.za/sponsor-a-desk. These funds have been used to create pathways for the youth in our community, that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
Like many, Chante’s story did not start with a love for education. When she was just four years old, her mother was shot and killed. Her father left shortly thereafter. She was taken in by her grandparents and, despite their encouragement, Chante began to smoke heavily. Education and building towards a strong future were not her main focus. The schools close to where she lived were dangerous. Sh…

Benjamin

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It was the 16th of July, 2003, Nelson Mandela delivered a speech entitled “Lighting your way to a better future.” In it, he proclaimed “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”In that same year, School of Hope was celebrating its 5th year of changing lives of vulnerable youth through education. To this day, the school continues to embody these words, with its dedicated teachers, friendly support staff, and through the learners who attend the school, each with their own story. These halls have heard many stories, and between them, many lives have been forever changed. 

Benjamin was a strong-willed young man who struggled tremendously in school. He found it extremely difficult to learn to read and write. Failing in school lead to personal frustration and conflict at home with his family. Benjamin grew to hate school. He believed that learners at schools already had the knowledge required to grow and learn, and th…

Tristan

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This July, we chose to further instil Nelson Mandela’s legacy within the walls of School of Hope. With the help of two writing interns from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Eleven learners have shared their stories of how their enrolment at School of Hope has impacted their lives; dramatically changing their path for the better.
After his family’s home situation had become complicated, as his mother wasn’t always in the picture, Tristan and his 5 siblings moved to live with their Grandparents and Aunty. At a young age, one of Tristan’s siblings passed away, which added pain to his already challenging journey. He was often bullied and began acting out in class. In a household of eight, Tristan felt at times that he would be better suited in the workforce as money ran tight in his home. Despite this, he knew that dropping out wouldn’t be of any benefit to him long term as this was not the path that was meant for him. He needed to become…