Zinthathu at her college graduation ceremony
These Numbers Have Faces university scholars have been having a fantastic semester. In South Africa, they are currently taking final exams. They have each been studying hard throughout this semester and they are determined to perform well in their exams. Through the Community Impact Model, our scholars are learning the value of giving back to their local communities. Each student has been balancing their college work with community service projects.
These Numbers Have Faces Scholar Zimkhita volunteers at a Children's Home in Khayelitsha, a township severely penetrated by gangsterism, crime and violence. She tutors the older children in their school work and spends valuable time playing with the younger ones. Zimkhita loves spending time with the children and is focused on making an impact in her local community.
The most exciting news to report is the success story of These Numbers Have Faces Scholar Zinthathu. This past June, Zinthathu graduated from Northlink College with a degree in Marketing. It was a beautiful celebration with her family, friends and These Numbers Have Faces South African Staff.
Even more exciting... two short months after her graduation, she was offered her dream job working for the largest provider of medical plans in South Africa. In her own words:
"I've got a new job, I'm so happy! Thanks to God, this is my dream job now I got it. Yahoo! I love my new life! I've never been this happy. Thanks to These Numbers Have Faces and all the people who have helped me get this far."
Zinthatu has been working at her new job for 4 months and has begun her financial reinvestment into the These Numbers Have Faces Scholarship Program.
In Rwanda, These Numbers Have Faces Rwandan women scholars are also achieving their dreams to be great leaders for their communities. Lydia, Lillian, Margaret, and Jackie each strongly agree that education is the key to success and the foundation for their future. They have great hopes to make a huge impact in their communities and change Rwanda from the inside out.
A recent NY Times Article reported that women hold 56% of all heads-of-state parliament seats in Rwanda. This presence of female leadership is a great step forward to the region expressing diversity and promoting equality and justice.
Here are some of their words on what it means to them personally to have leadership in Rwanda that understand the importance of women leaders:
“It really encourages me to have such leadership that considers and values women. It shows me that there is equality in our country. As a woman, there is something I can contribute to my country basing on the abilities that God gave me.” - Lydia
“The leadership in Rwanda gives me hope to become a leader in the future. It is very encouraging to me as it gives me assurance of being as equally important in my society. Tt also gives chance for our families to prosper since they are largely made up of women.” - Jackie
2012 has been a fabulous year and 2013 looks even brighter with expansion to additional countries in East and Central Africa!!
Zimkhita and kids at the Children's Home
Zimkhita playing with the kids
Zinthathu & Edwin with TNHF Alumni Certificate
Zinthathu & Family at College Graduation