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.
The Open Doors Team
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.
Hi [Open Doors], I hope this email finds you well.
I passed my first semester, I did well in all modules. I passed my tests and assignments. University life has started very well for me, I am engaged in my studies and I am enjoying the social life.
I have started with second semester and I am looking forward to working hard and improving.
I will keep on giving you updates on how I am doing.
The letter you just read is from Yolanda, an Open Doors scholar who is studying Biotechnology at University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Like the other 13 students who have received financial assistance from Open Doors Foundation (ODF), Yolanda writes periodically to let us know how she is doing. Today, we want to share snippets of some of these recent updates from our scholars. When we read these updates, not only do we get encouraged by how well the students are doing, but we also feel grateful for your generosity, which has made all of this happen.
As we head into a new school year, ODF is thinking of next year’s scholarship application and leadership transition. We will be sure to keep you abreast with these developments. In the meantime, please consider to continue your support for our cause, and give financial contributions to help send South African high schoolers to post-secondary education.
Yours at ODF
Hi [ODF] I’m doing very well at the university, as last year I passed my second year, so this year I’m on my third year in Social work. Life in general I’m getting there, plans for my future are that I want to finish my honours and work after that.
I am not studying at the moment , but I have applied for next I have been accepted. My life in general is good and I’m volunteering at Ikamva Youth while I’m looking for job. My future plan is to get to university and study hard so that I can graduate. I am going to study Geography and Environmental study at the University of the Western Cape. I’m looking forward to it because I really love Geography and the course sounds Exciting.
** Phumza is not currently receiving financial aid from Open Doors as she hasn’t begun her post-secondary education; her scholarship awaits her as she starts her study at the University of the Western Cape
In first semester, I took 5 courses (3 over whole year)… I like learning about insurance, pricing some insurance products. Quite interesting. For stats, I enjoyed Probability theory and statistical inference in first semester, now learning regression analysis which is quite practical so learning how to analyse data better and more practically.... Enjoying that! … I would still continue with Actuarial Science.