I am really excited, I am so over the moon!
Recently I shared one of our kid's journies to become a Prosecutor! It was a few months ago, actually, I think at the beginning of the year, that I posted her story and what was happening in her life. Nozizwe was one of our original girls who started in our program back in 2006, so I am talking about 17yrs ago. Her dream, to become a Prosecutor and right wrongs! I will share her story again for those who are new to KTD196 and also to remind those who have been around longer of whom I speaking about.
Anyway, Nozi's family like so many of our kids is without a father, and her mother, until 2years ago worked as a domestic in Johannesburg. Nozi basically raised herself. With all the pressures facing children in the communities especially those without supervision, Nozi knew she needed help to achieve her goal and to reach her dream.
She joined KTD196. Nozi excelled in school, achieved a bachelor's entrance to enter University to study Law. She passed however was unable to secure placement to do her Articles in order to register as a Lawyer in South Africa. For 4years she worked small jobs here and there to help her mother and her siblings to eat and exist. The money was never enough, the food was never enough. But she continued to hold on to her dream.
Nozi eventually started work as a Field Officer with KTD196 2years ago. She loved community work and she loved working with children and since she knew the importance of the program in her life, she wanted to help other children achieve their goals even if it meant delaying her dream.
At the beginning of the year Nozi and decided it was time for her to go to Law School, in effect a shortcut for her to do her Articles once she had completed the 5month course. The catch was, it would cost approximately R50,000 in school fees plus accommodation and food. So together we posted a request through Back-A-Buddy and within a week R20,000 of the tuition fee was raised. Nozi applied for a bursary once she paid the downpayment and started at Law School.
I am so happy to report that on the final day of Law School just 2weeks ago, Nozi signed a contract with the Department of Justice to be an intern, complete her Articles and then sit her National Board Exams all covered by the Dept of Justice.
I love Nozi's story, it is such a testimony to resilience, perseverance, overcoming adversity, holding on to the dream that you have. I also have no doubt that Nozi will become a Prosecutor with a heart and passion to serve the people of this nation. Perhaps she will be the next Thuli Mondesela?
The potential of the children we have is amazing to consider, we may be grooming the next Nelson Mandela and not yet know it but still, we continue. Your support has given Nozi the skills, dedication, and determination to realize her dreams. In her own words, it would not have been possible without the impact of KTD196.
You have enabled this shy, embarrassed, vulnerable child to grow and become an outspoken, unashamed, and resilient young adult with a destiny and a future. Your contribution to KTD196 has done this and so much more! We have seen over 15,000 children over the last 18yrs and each one has their own story to tell about how they have changed and grown through KTD196.
I hope you feel as proud as I do concerning all that we are achieving even through very difficult circumstances. These kids AMAZE me! I hope they do you!
Thank you for all of your support, thank you for your continued support. From as little as $10per month you can change a child's future and bring such hope. Nosizwe is just one of 15,000 stories I can share.
I try and use the same children/adults stories so that there is continuity for those who have been with us over the 8yrs since we joined GlobalGiving. So you can see their development, you can be a part of their future if only vicariously. I hope and trust this is satisfactory. Please let me know otherwise I will continue giving updates on a select few so that you can see their progress and be a part of their dreams.
Blessings to you and your families, you are such an amazing community. Thank you to those who take the time to write and encourage us through this challenging time, it really is so amazing to have that support.
My name is Nozizwe, I'm 28 years of age. I reside at Shiluvana village in rural South Africa. I joined KTD196 in 2006 and that was the best decision I have ever made because if it weren't for their children's program I wouldn't be where I am today.
I was raised by my grandparents while my mother was in Gauteng working.
A lot could have gone wrong. I could have done a lot of partying, many of my peers did, and have reaped the consequences of these decisions such as early pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, lack of hope and vision, poverty, involvement in crime, jail, drugs, murder, and unfortunately even suicide. I realize that all these consequences come from small wrong decisions that build up over time. Taking one drink doesn’t hurt but it can easily become a lifestyle because of the friends who encourage you to continue.
I could have hung around the wrong friends, been disrespectful towards my elders, neglected my school work, and consequently ruined my future because I had a lot of freedom to do whatever I wanted to do. There was also a lot of peer pressure to conform to doing what other kids were doing at the time. I mean my grandparents were old, they didn't have the energy to watch my every move but thankfully KTD196 introduced their program to help me be a better person and make the best choices.
There were laws that I had to live by, scout laws, and I just couldn't afford to misrepresent KTD196, it was very important to me right from the beginning, I realized I had family and friends who would help me through the tough times. I would have younger adults in my life who could guide me and help me realize my dreams. I didn’t have this at home.
The Laws such as a scout obey orders, a scout’s honor is to be trusted impacted my life greatly, even today. I did everything and followed every instruction given to me by my elders because I knew that they wouldn't mislead me or lead me astray in any way. By being obedient to them I was upholding a scout law.
My grandparents and everyone else trusted me and I did my best to ensure that I didn't lose their trust because that was very important to me as scout laws #1 stated that a scout's honor is to be trusted. In all honesty, it was more about scouts than about myself. It actually felt like I was doing it for them, like it was never really about me but I was wrong.
KTD196 shaped my future because through their children's program I was able to pass my matric and pursue the career of my dreams, LAW. I was able to make informed decisions about my life and the camps I attended taught me to be independent that has also helped me a lot when I went to university because being away from home can be tough sometimes. Many of my friends who were not part of KTD196 didn’t finish high school education; some did but obtained lower grades which resulted in them not pursuing the careers they had always wanted to pursue, and some just settled for so much less.
The program gave me the wisdom to surround myself with friends that were focused on their futures and not be dragged off into the “Campus Life”. Unfortunately once again I saw classmates hijack their futures by partying, taking drugs and alcohol, getting pregnant, failing studies because they put their immediate wants ahead of their futures. I know they too had dream careers that could have been turned into a reality if they worked towards them.
Today I have a Bachelor of Law degree and am now completing Law School in preparation for Articles because of Keep The Dream196 and because of you and your support. I am a prosecutor in the making. It is true that you reap what you sow.
I consider myself lucky and I'm grateful to have been a beneficiary of Keep The Dream196 and I look forward to returning as a volunteer to ensure other children benefit from the program as I have. Thank you so much for all of your support.
Thank you for reading my story
Nozizwe our Prosecutor in the Making!