We had the incredible privilege of seeing a young lady, Valentino Ndaba who has been on the Back To School program which is run by Lungisani Indlela in Amaoti achieve 6 distinctions with her matric results, and a remarkable 78% for maths.
Her story has not always been one of hope and promise. Her mother passed away in a car accident when Valentino was the tender age of 5, and her father ran away leaving her in the care of her grandmother.
A extract from a letter written to the Rector of the University of the Free State by Valentino “Life went on, with her grandma by her side, little Valentino looked forward to everyday with confidence and still a bit of hope that her family’s horrendous situation will change for the better. And it did, in 2006, when she joined the Indlela organization’s Back -2 -School programme. At first, it was as if a tiny ray of hope shone upon her life and as time went by: it was if the skies had opened up. From then on she went to school knowing that her educational needs were taken care of. It is never easy beating the odds and the trying to break the cycle of misery, the people at Lungisani Indlela organization have been a great inspiration and her motivation to be not the a better person but the best that she can be”
Prof. (JD) Jonathan Jansen – the Rector of the University of the Free State has offered Valentino a Four year bursary to pursue her dreams of studying journalism. As we took Valentino and her Gogo up to the university to register and get settled in we realised that not only had her life changed dramatically – so had ours! By meeting this remarkable woman of courage whose faith and believe in God has been an inspiration to all who meet her.
Should you be interested in being a sponsor for The Back-2-School Programme for Lungisani Indlela you are most welcome to contact Lorraine or cal l 031 505 8811.