#MandelaMonth - The Power of Education
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. >>>


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 the school, and most importantly, the meals prepared by their cook, Mam Lungi.

Sibahle lives with both of her parents and three siblings. She is the second oldest among them, and loves to play with her youngest sister who is only one year old. In primary school, Sibahle was very shy and didn’t interact much with her fellow learners. She felt as though she was not allowed to be herself during this time and that she didn’t have the ability to be outgoing or do the things she wanted to do. When she was preparing to enter Grade 8, a friend of her sister brought her to School of Hope and enrolled her. She feels safe at School of Hope, and especially enjoys the library, a quiet place to rest from time to time and read one of the many books provided there, but has also found herself to be more outgoing and interactive with others in school. 

In the words true of Mandela, “If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.” School of Hope makes their learners feel as though they are welcomed and wanted at the school, which may come across as something insignificant to some, but their learners are accepted and treated as individuals, where each of their needs are met to the best of their ability .

Thank you for donating to School of Hope and providing the hard workers there the opportunity to teach, and to learn.

Written by: Taylor Nelson and Zane Tanis, Interns from Grand Valley State University, Michigan, United States of America


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