Siyakhulisa Newsletter 13

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  Siyakhulisa Newsletter 13  
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Dear Visitor

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I trust you enjoyed a wonderful festive season and that 2018 has been kind to you thus far and will continue to be all you could have hoped it would be.

It has been awhile since our last newsletter. This does not mean that we have seized to work, but rather we have been thinking how we are moving forward in 2018 and beyond.
Our goals that were initially set out have been positive and strictly adhered to, and all the donations that continue to come in are reserved for the education of young people who we feel will benefit and appreciate the assistance given to them.

After 2010 when Alice Rawecki came and volunteered to teach at William Oates as well as volunteering her time at the Mary Coetzee Home for children, we selected a total of 6 learners to attend Gill College. Here you see an old photograph of them proudly wearing their Gill College uniforms at the start of6 bursary recipients 2012 their first year in high school, filled with excitement mixed with trepidation. Now 5 years down the line they have all graduated from high school with the exception of Thobela, who had difficulty in adhering to the specific outline that was presented to all the students when they first enrolled at Gill College. There was ample opportunity for academic assistance, hostel accommodation and support from the Syakhulisa Trust. We strived to monitor and assist however we could. It was unfortunate that Thobela had a difficult time in keeping up with the high standards set at Gill. With deep regret, we wished Thobela well while offering him another chance should he reassess his situation in the future.

All the other students have moved on in different pathways. Rickeen has excelled in her studies towards a Clinical Psychology degree at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, acquiring a fistful of distinctions in her finals. We are so proud of her and wish her equal if not more success in her second year. 

The other 3 graduates in 2016 were not fortunate enough to get  funding for further studies last year but are applying again this year. Bathandwa has his heart set on becoming a game ranger and will reapply this year. Hadlyn still wants to be a firefighter and has been accepted to do a short course with our local municipality this year. Meagan will once again try to get into an IT course. All 3 have had to keep themselves occupied and motivated over the past year, taking on casual jobs here and there. This is the sad scenario that plays out for many of our youngsters who work so hard to obtain a good matric pass and then can't afford to study further or find work.

Now for Chevandré who wrote matric last year. Her results have just come out and she surprised us with the best grades she has ever achieved in her 5 years at Gill College. We knew she would not disappoint us. Recently she expressed gratitudeChevandre Dec 2017 to the Trust for  assisting her to attend Gill College, something she feels would not have been possible on her own. Of course three special people played a big role in Chevandré's success, those being Mr Anton Cowley who sponsored her school fees for 5 years and Alice Rawecki and Dr Alan Russell who made it possible for her to reside in the school hostel for her last 3 terms in Grade 12. This made a huge difference to her ability to knuckle down and study in a more conducive environment. And as we can see here she has blossomed into the loveliest young girl. Never wavering in her desire to join the army, even though her results may have enabled her to attend university, she has sent in her application forms. While she waits to hear if she is successful, she is not letting grass grow under her feet and has enrolled in a hotel management course. We wish her the success she deserves in whatever she does.Nikki Jan 2018

We caught up with Nikki Jansen's news recently. He is still teaching at the same school outside Cape Town and loving it. I wonder just how many learners have benefitted over the past 3 years as they have passed through this dedicated young man's classes. This is after all what Siyakhulisa is all about.

Our teacher project known as Teachers for Somerset East (T4SE), which is sponsored by local donors and a local church, with Precision Labs in the US making up for the shortfall, is going into it's third year now. We are still only in a position to sponsor two teachers for WG Olivier Primary, however as small as that contribution may be it is making a huge difference to the lives of the many children fortunate to have a teacher in the classroom than not at all. 

What is particularly gratifying, since the inception of The Syakhulisa Abantwana Trust, is reflecting on all that we have managed to achieve. Being able to provide an academic learning environment where young people can succeed in all aspects of their personalities is just a start. We have given young people the opportunity to move forward as young adults who will be able to contribute to a society in which they live.To suggest or think otherwise would be counter productive. Our contributions from people in Somerset East, Canada and the US have shown true value in spirit and dollar donations. We appeal to our donors to continue to support the Siyakhulisa Abantwana Trust so that we may be able to assist whenever and wherever the need arises. There are still so  many young people out there who need our help and with our present economic climate the numbers grow daily.

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Thank you for helping us to change the world.

Lynne Brown on behalf of Dr Alan Russell, Mrs Alice Rawecki and Mrs Rosalee Bradfield.

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Lynne Brown
PO Box 344
Somerset East 5850
Tel: 042 243 0339

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