Simphiwe and His Artwork
Dear Supporters of Open Doors Foundation,
Summer is a time for adventures. Three summers ago, members of Open Doors Foundation first set foot inside Masipumelele (Masi) and Ocean View (OV) – two underprivileged neighborhoods on the outskirt of Cape Town – and saw the possibility of helping these communities through higher education. This summer, one of our teammates, Tim Sun, went back to South Africa, and brought back with him encouraging news from the ground.
To date, eight students have received scholarships from Open Doors. Our 2011 scholarship recipient, Simphiwe from Masi, is one of the top students in his class at University of Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Art. Antonio, one of our 2012 recipients from OV, is receiving first-rate grades at the Mathematics program at University of Cape Town. Buhle and Zintle, both from Masi, are exceling in their respective programs at University of the Freedom State. Still others, Philiswa, Mkuseli, Anathi, and Mwande, have used their scholarship to purchase supplies to aid either study or preparation for reapplication to universities. In general, funds have been dispensed for expenses such as registration, books, and laptops. While our scholarship cannot cover the cost of education in full, it does provide a much needed relief to financially constraint families. In his conversations with students, Tim noted the excitement current high schoolers showed upon learning about our scholarship, and the appreciation current recipients expressed for the support the scholarship provided.
All this would not have been possible without you. We at Open Doors are truly grateful for your generosity. To ensure that your funds are creating the most impact possible, we have worked closely with local non-profits such as IkamvaYouth and MasiCorp in recipient selection as well as scholarship distribution. Tim’s trip this summer further strengthened our partnerships, and opened up the possibility of creating an on-the-ground non-profit that is directly affiliated with Open Doors to better coordinate fund flow.
This coming year is teeming with new opportunities. During his stay in Cape Town, Tim got to talk with volunteers that are currently serving in Masi and OV, and many of them expressed a keen interest in continuing their ties with these townships by joining Open Doors. We look forward to welcoming them into the Open Doors community. Back home in the United States, Open Doors was selected in Global Giving’s website redesign program. We are set to work with a team of talented students from the College of Arts at Kennesaw State University this fall to revamp our website.
Although this summer is drawing to an end, our adventure of helping communities through higher education continues. We at Open Doors invite you to stay with us on this journey: “like” us on our Facebook page, donate through GlobalGiving, visit our revamped website once it’s ready, and be sure to tell friends and family about this cause that you support. However you wish to contribute, we feel lucky to have you on board.
Antionio at UCT