Hello, my name is Philip and I’m currently enjoying the last day of a 6 month internship at WhizzKids United. Most of my time was spent developing the Siyakhona program which I took over as a photography program last year and was given the freedom to develop into a drama, photography and writing class for 2015.
It feels like just yesterday that I arrived at WhizzKids United, in a world unbeknown to me. And when I compare my perspective then to my perspective now, the difference is crazy. Coming to South Africa, I had very little knowledge about the work of a NGO and the hard background work which goes into every single program here. I didn’t appreciate the scope of the HIV epidemic and the extent of difficulties that are faced in overcoming it. Most importantly, I didn’t appreciate the spirit of the locals to make a success of their lives despite all their hardship.
WhizzKids United has helped me change that perspective. I’ve seen the tireless work that goes into planning programs which not only give the youth a more positive outlook on life but also educate them about important issues relating to their health. I’ve seen how much work goes into actually securing funding for the programs; from writing proposals to attending networking events, the staff work tirelessly to help continue the great work of WhizzKids United. And I’ve met some of the greatest youth I’ve encountered in my short time on earth. Youth who would not succumb to their circumstances, who were determined to do something with their life. It is difficult to appreciate the struggles they went through because they always stayed positive and enthusiastic about life. Meeting them has really given me an even more positive outlook of the world and the people in it.
It definitely wasn’t just a walk in the park, but if I wanted that I could have just stayed in England watching Eastenders. No, this was a great experience because I was allowed to get involved in the continued development of WhizzKids United and I know they will continue developing in the future.
Thanks for everything!