Imbeleko envisions to provide a holistic empowerment experience to the orphaned and vulnerable child in rural Valley of a 1000 Hills; encompassing academic support, a healthy lifestyle and social interaction. We hope to nurture at least 1000 DREAMS in the Valley of 1000 Hills by 2025.
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She wears a size 5 shoe but her donated worn out school shoes are a size 4 and are so tight that she struggles to walk in them. Her school uniform was donated by neighbours as well and not in a suitable condition. Some of the siblings and cousins did not appear on the pictures we took because we found them sitting outside in their underwear with no decent clothing items.
2015 Boarding SchoolScholarship Beneficiary
She is 13 years old and is 1 of 5 siblings and has never met her father. Her mother is 1 of 11 siblings and she is HIV+. Between her mom, aunts and uncles – they have a total of 32 children.
All 44 incl her grandmother live in one yard of various mud houses. Some of these houses are just not in a condition suitable for human beings to live in. Their household has no running water or electricity.She has been selected for the Adams College Scholarship Programme – Aggregate Results of 75% in Grade 7. We recently went to visit her family as part of our process to ascertain her needs that we should take into consideration as she begins this journey of a boarding school life.
1st Boarding School Scholarship Beneficiary
Nqobile Nzama's mother died in 2006 when Nqobile was 9 years old, with her father having died when she was an infant. Her gogo (or grandmother) is raising her along with two cousins who are also orphaned. Their corrugated iron shack leaked every time it rained. Neighbours intervened and with the help of one of the local NGOs, they gathered enough building material to build a two-room shelter. In June 2010, Nqobile was the best student in her Grade 7 class with a grade average of 83.9% and despite this her hopes of a better education were bleak as her gogo couldn't afford to send her to a better high school. She was the very first scholarship beneficiary of Imbeleko Foundation and was enrolled at Imbeleko Founder’s Alma Mater, Inkamana High School.
Despite her intellectual capabilities, Nqobile struggled to adapt at her new school due to self esteem issues associated with being an HIV / AIDS orphan and eye allergies that has gone untreated due to poverty at home and the local clinic could not help her. Nqobile was a typical example of the holistic nature that Dr Seni Myeni has envisaged for Imbeleko.
Having been an Imbeleko beneficiary for 4 years, after numerous visits to an eye specialist, counselling to deal with her self esteem issues, attending our holiday personal development programmes; Nqobile has risen above her challenges and her academic results show – 4 distinctions in Grade 11 and we are looking forward to Nqobile being one of the Top Matriculants in 2015.
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