Supporters of Open Doors Foundation,
In the United States, summer is a time of celebration. Young students find themselves free of their responsibilities for the summer while older students may be rining in the end of an era. In the midst of this sunny celebration, we can easily forget that our ODF students are welcoming winter in South Africa. For us at Open Doors, this is our busiest and most exciting season.
As referenced in our last update, the selection process for our new 2015 Open Doors Foundation Scholars is now complete. Along with our local partners at Masiphumelele Library and Ikamva Youth, we’re happy to announce six new ODF Scholars! With intended majors ranging from accounting to human resources management, our scholars again represent not only numerous universities, but also a diversity of interests.
These six students can now count on our support for two years of their university education. This is only possible through generous donors like you. Whether you’ve been supporting us for years, or made a donation just once, know that your investments are now bearing fruit: these students are going to college to continue pursuing their dreams.
Our expectation now from these students is that they go and explore the world ahead of them while maintaining their commitment to community service, a core tenet of our scholarship selection process. We can’t wait for what the future may hold for our students. We hope that you will continue to join us in supporting these students and watching them grow for years to come.
The Open Doors Team
Friends of Open Doors Foundation,
It has already been three months since the start of the New Year. There is no excuse now to still be writing 2014! Along with the start of the New Year, our students in South Africa have also started their new academic year. Though most students cannot contain their excitement to begin again, this reminds us that not everyone has the opportunity to continue their schooling. This reminds us the importance of our mission.
We are also excited to announce that Open Doors has now entered the selection phase for our scholarship applicants. By working with our local partners in the Cape Town area, we will select the scholars that not only demonstrate a deep desire to learn, but also those that value community service and understand the power of giving back. We believe that these students not only hold the keys to the future of South Africa, but also the entire world.
Having a chance for higher education, whether it is a 4-year degree in the high arts or a 2-year program in computer and technical skills, creates more opportunities for students and the chance for a better future. We thank your support throughout the years and ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts. Together, we can honor and aid those who have chosen to pursue a better future through higher education.
To the Supporters of Open Doors,
The winter holiday season is upon us again. For many, this is the best time of the year: a chance to go home with friends and family. This also always seems to be the perfect time to reflect upon the year gone by and set goals for the year to come.
However, things do seem more hectic than usual. This year has seen renewed upheaval in the Middle East, Europe, and even the United States. Through some of these dark times, it is important to remember still how far we have come. This year was the 20th anniversary since the end of apartheid in South Africa. It is still difficult to imagine that only two decades ago, South Africa was a legally and racially segregated society. But much has changed since then. South Africa has taken an active role in the international community and was even elected to the UN Human Rights Council this November. The change in one generation is astonishing.
At Open Doors, we believe in the transformative power of generations. Every year, bright new young students emerge into leaders to create a tangible change in their community. It is our job at Open Doors to ensure that no barriers hold them back from turning into these future leaders. We invite you this winter to join us in continuing to support these students and sustaining the positive momentum in South Africa. This holiday season, share your cheer across the world by supporting Open Doors and our students for a brighter and better future.