Jan 4, 2011

11 New Students Starting This Month!

Hello donors!

Thank you again for your continued support of the TNHF Women's Empowerment Fund. The last update mentioned that our Executive Director, Justin, was set to travel to Cape Town in order to select the next cadre of new students to start January 2011. We are happy to report that this was a very successful trip. Aside from hiring two new Cape Town staff, securing a space for a Cape Town Program Center, meeting with foundations, potential donors, and the US Consulate General to Cape Town, Justin worked through over 80 applicants in order to choose the next leaders of South Africa. As a result, we have 11 new students (7 women!) starting at various universities around Cape Town this month!

Attached is a PDF document with a picture of each student listing their major. It is because of your support that 7 more women are able to attend university and be empowered to change their communities from the inside out. Please contact us with any questions!

Thank you!


Oct 10, 2010

Quarterly Report

Zintathu and Vuyokasi at Northlink College
Zintathu and Vuyokasi at Northlink College

TNHF Executive Director, Justin, is traveling to Cape Town this month to meet with potential new college scholars slated to start in 2011. We have had a large number of highly qualified women scholarship applicants and are in the process of identifying the top prospects.

Upon return from the trip, we will post additional photos and give updates on the 2011 scholars.

We are thrilled by the response from our donors and humbled by the generosity. We are nearly half way to our $50,000 goal for the fund!

We started this fund to support our vision that young women around the world will have access to a quality education and learn the skills needed to reduce poverty in their own communities.

The These Numbers Have Faces Women’s Empowerment Fund is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women’s education and empowerment in the townships of South Africa.

Your Support Provides:

  • Higher Education Scholarships
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Community Mentors and Tutors
  • Service Opportunities
  • Academic, Emotional and Spiritual Support

Thank you for your continued support,

These Numbers Have Faces

Oct 7, 2010

New Soccer Kits Delivered!

After meeting the JL Zwane Football Club in 2006, TNHF Director Justin Zoradi's first order of business was to honor Coach Eric's request: get the boys matching soccer uniforms. The need was obvious, as Justin had seen the boys sub off the soccer field to swap cleats. But this was far more than a material request; uniforms symbolize unity and togetherness.

"In the world of soccer there is a mantra: look good, feel good, play good," says Justin.

If the soccer team looks good, more township youth will want to join the team. This gives them alternatives to doing drugs or joining a gang. And the more youth that get involved with the team, the broader the pool of applicants TNHF has to draw its students from.

Uniforms serve as one small building block to leading kids out of poverty and into a better life.

Justin rallied his connections with Nike and made Coach Eric's request a reality.

"We spent a lot of time on the logo. We felt it was really important," says Justin.

The hands below the soccer ball represent the hands of service. Even before they had uniforms, JL Zwane was more that just a soccer team. It was created to inspire change in the community, and it was important the logo show that. But perhaps most meaningful aspect of the jersey lies just above the soccer ball.

The phrase 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is the tag line of the team. It may also be the slogan for European giant Liverpool, but it connects the boys in ways far bigger than English soccer. Quite literally, players would be scared to walk to practice certain times of the week. But on the team there is community, there is brotherhood, they have nothing to fear.

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