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Taking Charge

For a long time while growing up as a teenager in the dusty, windy streets of Pampierstad, Northern Cape in South Africa I despised the place. I had not travelled much, but to me the place resembled backwardness with absolutely no sign of civilization in the near future. I saw my growth being stifled here.
The people from here spoke a weird dialect of the Setswana language which just always got everyone into stitches. There was never anything exciting to report about on the news except when some poverty stricken man had decided to take care of his intensifying hunger by divulging on another because he had no other choice. It seemed like people had come to accept this as the norm and knew no better. I silently swore and promised myself that once I started working I would never set foot to this uncivilized place except for the dutiful parents visit once a year. Besides, I had no friends really.
I found a job and followed honoured the oath I had made to myself for some years on end and I comfortably grew accustomed to it. I had actually convinced my parents to come visit where I was residing as my brothers were also here. I sold the idea as some sort of a much needed holiday to them.
However, it was not until after about 3 years into my job that I realised I needed to do something for the community I had come to despise so much without any concrete reason except for childish ideals. I felt that if I were to be directly involved the place may change for the better and be something that one can be proud of.
I recruited a couple of my friends to get involved in the initiatives I started until one of them suggested that we actually register as an Non Profit Organisation so, that it may be formally recognised.
The road we’ve had to travel has not been easy as it seems to be filled with more potholes. It has been difficult to get everyone committed, but every challenge has been a motivation to do better. The organisation, Sediba Sa Kitso- Well of Knowledge, continues to grow and be a source of information for the many learners who would have otherwise missed opportunities available to them.

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olutosin's picture

Thanks

For taking charge, I appreciate you.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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sibusisiweyona's picture

thank you

thank you for going back and doing something for your home and your community. people always talk about empowering future generations so that one day they can bring change and you have lived up to that ideology. you had the well of knowledge within you all this time and you are doing a good job well done

stay blessed

Sibusisiwe

Fatima Waziri's picture

Thank you Tshego for sharing

Thank you Tshego for sharing the story of your beautiful journey and making a difference in your community. There is nothing as satisfying and gratifying like making change and positive impacts in the world and people around us, I have always believed that is the essence of our being. It would have been so easy for you to have walked away from a community you grew up to despise but you do not, God bless you for that. There is nothing like breaking that vicious circle of ills and negativity.

Let us all be the change we want to see in the world!

Peace!
Fatima

LauraB's picture

turning tides

Tshego,

You had such a change of mind and spirit about your place and your people. From reading, I hear that your heart and mind opened to the presence of your place and you found that being part of it was imperative. I too have had that experience of claiming and have found it to be revitalizing.

I will be interested to hear more about Sediba Sa Kitso- Well of Knowledge. What issues do you focus on?

Here's to claiming what is ours!

Laura

tshego's picture

Hi

Hello All, thank you for your comments. They are very encouraging.

SSK focuses on career guidance, mentoring programme and work exposure. basically what we do is we meet on a monthly basis with the leraners that have been selected and we mentor them in the fields that they have identified. we also physically assist them with bursary applications because we've come to realise that even if they receive the information they do nothing about it because they do not know how to go about it, sometimes the information is incomplete or they do not have enough money to post/fax. that is where we get in, we serve as the bridge and make something that we tend to take for granted accessible to them. most of them don't have email access so, that's what we working on. we have been blessed that we've had people and organisations that have believed in the vision and have committed to taking this to another level.They've encouraged us to go on even when it seemed like the odds were against us.

I also told one lady who was interviewing me that this started out as wanting to assist the learners, but it has been amazing how i have grown and just become more in touch with myself.

Thank you once more

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