These Numbers Have Faces

Every student has the power to build a hopeful future. We invest in Africa's brightest youth to lead and empower their countries. While media statistics often paint a negative picture of Africa, we see Africa as full of life and color, light and opportunity. We believe there are people behind the statistics. A number is difficult to connect with, but when we see those numbers as real people, we find a purpose that compels us to action.
Aug 28, 2012

GlobalGiving's Visit to These Numbers Have Faces

These Numbers Scholars and Family
These Numbers Scholars and Family

Hi, my name is Alexis. I am a Senior Program Associate on GlobalGiving’s Project Team. On July 28, 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting These Numbers Have Faces in Cape Town, South Africa and participating in one of These Numbers’ student meetings. In attendance at the event were 14 scholarship recipients and their parents, guardians, or representatives from their families.

I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to These Numbers’ programs in South Africa! I had the opportunity to mingle with some of the students and their families and learn more about the program from Edwin and Beata, These Numbers’ staff members in Cape Town.

Let me share some of my take-aways from the event:

These Numbers is more than a scholarship program. If nothing else, this Saturday meeting showed me that These Numbers is interested in more than providing the money needed to pay for a college education. The organization aims to provide holistic support to help students achieve their full potential. The program pays for text books, pairs students up with tutors, and even works to find alternative housing options for students living in difficult circumstances.

These Numbers requires students to get involved in their communities through community service. In order to continue receiving funding from the program, students must complete a certain number of community service hours per year. As a result, students are volunteering at soup kitchens, running clothes collection drives, and tutoring younger students in their neighborhoods. This means that in addition to developing academically, students are taking on leadership roles in their own communities. These Numbers is not just investing in a small group of promising students, they’re investing in an entire community in the greater Cape Town area!

These Numbers is facilitating financial re-investment into the program. I was very excited to learn about the organization’s financial reinvestment model, which requires students to reinvest 25% of the cost of their schooling back into the program over the course of several years after graduation. Not only is this a great way to ensure the program’s sustainability, it is also a way for alumni to stay committed to the program’s future success. In addition, Edwin and Beata are already prepping students to become mentors for future students, including requesting their referrals and recommendations for future scholarship applicants.

What was even more exciting than the re-investment model itself, was the response the proposal received from the students and parents! The general consensus at the meeting was that it was important for current students to reinvest into the program after they had graduated and secured jobs. As one guardian explained, these students are fortunate to have received the opportunity to go to university; it is up to them to help ensure that other students are afforded the same opportunity.

These Numbers incorporates student and parent feedback into their programs. During the meeting, Edwin and Beata spent a lot of time reviewing various aspects of the program, including the re-investment model, for the students and their parents. But beyond telling students about the program, they also asked the students and their parents for their feedback and suggestions! I was thrilled to see the meeting attendees engaging with Edwin and Beata in conversation about the challenges facing the students and the role that These Numbers plays in their education.

Thank you, These Numbers, for inviting me to spend the day with you! I had a great time and look forward to my next visit to Cape Town.

Edwin explains the financial reinvestment model
Edwin explains the financial reinvestment model
Jul 26, 2012

These Numbers Have Faces in Rwanda

Margaret
Margaret

As part of our exciting partnership with Africa New Life in Rwanda, we've added four young women to the These Numbers Have Faces family. We're so excited about the work that is going on in Rwanda, and we want you to meet one of our new scholars, Margaret.

Margaret was born in Uganda and is the second-born out of seven children. Until college, Margaret's education was paid in part by the Ministry of Local Government and in part by her mother's cousin, since her parents couldn't afford school. Once she began her college, her sponsor through Africa New Life paid for the initial year, but couldn't afford anything beyond that. Margaret stopped university for one year and volunteered in Kageyo while waiting to return to school, and became a part of the These Numbers Have Faces family in 2012. 

Margaret attends the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and is studying engineering and information technology. She was recently offered and accepted  a leadership position in the Esther Home as a resident assistant, volunteers with Africa New Life, and sponsors a child from her community.

We're so proud of Margaret and all of the girls living in the Esther Home! We'd love to keep you updated about everything that These Numbers Have Faces is up to in Rwanda and South Africa, be sure to stay up to date by 'liking' us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Thank you for your support, you're making awe-inspiring things happen.

- Stanton + The TNHF Team 

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May 31, 2012

Funding goal reached! Thank you for your support!

These Numbers Have Faces has reached our funding goal for Student Survival Kits for South African Youth (8652) through a combination of Global Giving and private donations. The program will continue as a contingency fund providing students with the supplies and resources that are needed to thrive in college. Through this project, students have received and will continue to receive transportation stipends to get to class and programmatic meetings, stipends to pay for academic necessities such as photocopies, academic tutoring and English literacy classes, and emergency housing and food assistance.

 These Numbers Have Faces has a committed private donor and a family foundation who will continue to support our Student Survival Kit (contingency fund) in order to keep the program running successfully.

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