These Numbers Have Faces

Africa is rising. We invest in students to lead and empower their countries. Every day we hear terrible statistics that document the harsh reality of our world. We chart war, calculate disease, analyze famine, and graph slavery. Africa is often at the heart of these calculations as we've all seen the numbers about Africa that paint a negative picture of the continent. Our name expresses a world changing idea. We don't see Africa as hopeless, we see it full of life and color, light, and opportunity. While figures and data are important tools for measuring complex social issues, we believe that there are people behind the statistics. A number is difficult to connect with, but when we see thos...
Oct 12, 2011

Equipped to Thrive

Hello!

Thank you for your support of the These Numbers Have Faces Student Survival Kits for South African Youth project. While we have only raised $250 through GlobalGiving, we recently received a $5,000 donation from a private donor specifically for the Student Survival Kits.

Having visited our program and meeting our students in South Africa, this donor is passionate about making sure our students are equipped to thrive. Often taken for granted here in the USA, it is easy to forget that not all college students have enough food to power their brains, cash for the bus to get to class, pencils and notebooks, sanitary supplies, and the necessary academic support needed to succeed in class.

Unlike most universities in the USA, the colleges in Cape Town do not offer free tutoring and academic support. Tutoring is essential and expensive. Thanks to your support, we are able to ensure our students in Cape Town have the necessary tools to succeed at university.

However, our work is not done. We are adding four additional students in January and continue to evolve the kits in order to meet the needs of individual students. This may be trauma counseling, emergency housing, or additional food stipends.

Thank you for your continued support. The These Numbers Have Faces mission to educate and empower South African youth to ignite community transformation could not move forward without YOU.

For more info:

Check out our blog: http://www.thesenumbers.org/blog.html

To see a few of our students at the University of Western Cape: http://www.thesenumbers.org/mission.html

Sep 21, 2011

Email from Cancer Survivor and TNHF Scholar

Shakeelah
Shakeelah's First Day at UWC

Hello!

I want to take this opportunity to share with you an email we received from one of our scholars, Shakeelah.

Shakeelah is studying biotechnology at the University of Western Cape. Like all of our students, Shakeelah's life has not been without heartache and challenges.

At a very young age Shakeelah was introduced to a disease that would become a reoccurring part of her story when both her great-grandmother and aunt suffered and died from cancer. A few years later, Shakeelah herself was diagnosed with Chairi Malformation One--a cancer where the brain is too big for the skull, causing pressure on the spinal cord. Doctors explained that without surgery, there would be severe consequences for her life. The family decided to go through with the surgery and the operation was able to save Shakeelah’s life.

In 2008, Shakeelah and her family were shocked when her grandmother suddenly died from breast cancer.

By then, life events had  ignited a passion in Shakeelah to pursue a career in Biotechnology. “Her death inspired me to set goals for myself and not waste time.” Shakeelah’s first goal was to work hard so that she could go to college.

In 2010, Shakeelah began feeling abdominal pains that were discovered to be the first stages of pancreatic cancer.  Though upset that she was diagnosed during her pursuit of college, Shakeelah found strength in her mother’s courageous example. “She told me that God would never put a burden too much on me that is too heavy to handle.”

Shakeelah is now a freshman at the University of Western Cape and recovering well from her cancer treatments.

I give you this background, so that you can understand the wonderful significance of the email we received:

“…Monday we did a presentation on the different types of cancer. The cancer assigned to my group was testicular cancer. I think doing the project is definitely one of the highlights of my life. The presentation went really well. We were assessed by three lecturers, which was a bit intimidating, but at the end they were all very impressed by our group.

I also decided to do a presentation on the Cancer Association South Africa (CANSA) and the Relay for Life, which I belong to. In my presentation, I spoke about the CANSA and the things they do to help the fight against cancer. My main goal was to raise awareness and encourage my classmates and lecturers to contribute in which ever way possible, but I was not prepared for what was to come... Half of the lecture hall including my lecturer was in tears! That was something I definitely did not expect.

Through my presentation I certainly achieved my goal, as we are starting our own teams and will be participating in the Relay for Life event on 1 October. With the help of my team members, I have managed to get the campus radio and various university organizations on board and they are assisting us with our fund-raiser which will be held on 28 September. We will be having a shave-a-thon and cake sale on campus and all money will be going as a donation towards the CANSA…We are starting out small but we do hope that our small contribution can make a difference.

I can't explain how I am feeling as have never felt this overwhelmed with joy before because I can now help other as I've been helped.. Please pray that our fundraisers will be a success.


Hope you and the team are doing well. Thank you for all that you have done.”

Because of your support, stories like Shakeelah's are possible. Thank you so much.

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Aug 24, 2011

The Start of Second Semester

Scholar Myomena and staff Elizabeth on campus
Scholar Myomena and staff Elizabeth on campus

The TNHF scholars are back in classes after their summer break. After spending the first semester adjusting to college life and classes, our brilliant scholars are looking forward to their new classes and activities. TNHF is hard at work to raise money to provide ongoing tutoring, as classes have proved difficult for the majority of our scholars. Nevertheless, their spirits are high and they are dedicated to excel not only in their classroom, but in their community as well.

Recently, our scholars took a group of orphans from their communities to Cape Point as part of their community service. For most of those who attended, this is the first time they have visited this world-renowned landmark. Next month, our scholars will visit a retirement home and spend time with older members of the community.

Thank you again for your ongoing support the TNHF Women’s Empowerment Campaign. It is because of supporters like you, that TNHF is able to provide young women an opportunity they never thought possible.

Scholar Tasneem on her way to class
Scholar Tasneem on her way to class

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