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.
Dec 28, 2011

New Students Enter the Program!

Hello!

Wow. It has been an incredible year. We have grown so much in 2011 and it is thrilling to see the growth and impact of the These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF).

First year Law Student, Alutho Mtati had this to say about being a TNHF Scholar:

“The program has given me an opportunity to grow as a person. Through this program I know the power that I have to make my life better, as well as to better my community. TNHF is a community in itself, because in the program we are not just numbers, we have faces. The personal touch in the program is amazing because we know that we always have someone in our corner.” –Alutho Mtati

2012 is going to be a great year. We are adding four more students to the South Africa program and are committed to providing all twenty of our students with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. The student survival kits are essential to academic success. Our students tell us that because they don't have to worry about how they will get to class, whether or not they can afford stationary, pens, and personal care items, and they know that they will not go hungry, they can now focus on their classes and do their best. In fact, I am proud to report that all our students passed their classes this last semester and two did so with distiction!

Lastly, because of our success, we are looking to expand our program into other countries in 2012. Our education program is changing lives and we feel inspired to provide the same opportunities for young women around the world.

Our focus will most likely begin in Rwanda, then Southeast Asia, and then onto Latin America.  By expanding the These Numbers Have Faces program, our hope and vision is to empower young women around the world to be leaders of community transformation. 

Thank you for your continued support!

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Dec 6, 2011

Year End Update

TNHF Scholar, Alutho
TNHF Scholar, Alutho

Wow. It has been an incredible year. We have grown so much in 2011 and it is thrilling to see the growth and impact of the These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF) women's empowerment program in South Africa.

First year Law Student, Alutho Mtati had this to say about being a TNHF Scholar:

“The program has given me an opportunity to grow as a person. Through this program I know the power that I have to make my life better, as well as to better my community. TNHF is a community in itself, because in the program we are not just numbers, we have faces. The personal touch in the program is amazing because we know that we always have someone in our corner.” –Alutho Mtati

2012 is going to be a great year. We are adding four more students to the South Africa program and because of our success, we are looking to expand our program into other countries in 2012. Our education program is changing lives and we feel inspired to provide the same opportunities for young women around the world.

Our focus will most likely begin in Southeast Asia, move to another country in Africa, and then onto Latin America.  By expanding the These Numbers Have Faces program, our hope and vision is to empower young women around the world to be leaders of community transformation. 

Thank you for your continued support!

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

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