Written by Sonwabile
Growing up with a single parent has not been easy for me. From not being able to have a lunch box to being unable to go to private school, the situation I was living in taught me to face the reality of the world and realise that education is the key to success. However when I finished my matric I was unable to further my studies due to insufficient financial security at home.
But my life changed when I started attending Whizzkids United, and it was a very warm welcome to see how friendly the councillors were. Attending Whizzkids allowed me to see how it works and how they help underprivileged young people. For example they help children from different schools by giving them food parcels to take home and help them with any subjects that they are struggling with. One day I saw a poster about photo journalism and I applied. I was really lucky to be selected as it is a great programme all about cameras, how to use them to take good pictures, how to write good stories and how to make posters.
Then I applied for a programme that changed by my life completely. Game Changers is a programme that aims to provide work related skills to help us increase our chances of employment. The programme will run for a year and it offers lots of opportunities to increase our employability and introduces us to a working environment, as well as giving us a month internship with a local company.
Whizzkids has done more than enough for me. They gave me back purpose and have provided direction for me. They must keep going what they do best. I’m sure that Whizzkids will give many more young people hope, life and most importantly a bright future. I’m one of those young people.