Simphiwe (left) and his roommate on the UCT campus
Dear Open Doors supporters,
We hope you are doing well! We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and kindness over these last several months. Due to the impressive uptick in the number of applications we received this summer, we are excited to announce we have increased our fundraising target to $16,000 to help put eight fantastic students through college. Our updated Global Giving page can be found at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/scholarship-for-8-south-africans/.
Our seven newest scholarship winners exhibit not only academic excellence but also a desire to give back to their communities in concrete and meaningful ways. Their interests span a variety of fields from politics and accounting to social work and nursing but they are similar in their desire to use their tertiary education to improve the lives of those around them. Below are excerpts from winning applications so you can hear our scholars in their own words:
“No child deserves to be abused or restricted from their childhood. I plan to go back to every community that I’ve ever lived in and mak[e] sure that every child and family are doing ok. Everyone deserves to have a better future and a happy life.” Zintle, 2011 scholar interested in social work
"I believe that the only way I can… give to my community [is] by going to the libraries and schools to tutor all those kids who are determined to change their life so that when they reach grade 12 they can also be able to enter the tertiary institution and then change their lives and also the lives of all those who are around them." Mkhuseli, 2011 scholar interested in nursing
“I want everyone to… live happy lives in our community...We can do that if we could work together with the government because I believe that working together we can do more.” Mawande, 2011 scholar interested in politics
All of our 2011 scholars have submitted their applications to university and are slated to receive their scholarships in early 2012.
As the New Year unfolds, we are also rolling out a new fundraising initiative. While supplies last, donors who give $200 or more will receive an original painting from Simphiwe, our 2010 scholar currently studying art at the University of Cape Town! Simphiwe wanted to offer these paintings as a thank you to donors like you who are making tertiary education a truly viable option for students like him.
We would love to hear from you if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about our efforts. Thank you again for your support and have a wonderful holiday season!
A sample of Simphiwe's artwork