Saturday, December 31, 2011

Help fund a worthy young South African student's international studies


My name is Didintle Ntsie, I am 24 years old, I am from a township in South Africa called Ga-Rankuwa. I'm currently studying social entrepreneurship in Sweden under the International Youth Initiative Program together with 40 other students from all over the world. This campaign is aimed at getting financial assistance to continue my studies in this enriching and unique program.

The Impact
I am an aspiring Social entrepreneur and believe that social entrepreneurship has the potential to add so much more to so many more lives. Some of the most important solutions to global stability lie within this sector.

There are many examples of social entrepreneurs that have made a difference in the course and direction of humanity. I do believe that I have what it takes to be a positive, strong force in this realm.

The finances from this campaign will go towards paying the rest of my fees which will allow me to focus fully on what is being offered on the program.

I am the only participant from the entire continent of Africa, I strongly believe that my presence on the course is of high importance. My presence brings a different aspect to conversations and discussions as do all the other participants from the different parts of the world. I feel that it is my responsibility to do my best to ensure that my voice is included.

I am a firm believer that money (or the lack thereof) should NEVER be allowed to prevent people from reaching for the nourishment (of any kind) that they seek. Money should never prevent us from giving our best and from receiving the best.

Since being a part of the YIP program I have grown in ways I never previously thought possible, a whole world has been opened to me where deep questions and challenges have been presented to me probing me for answers and solutions to those questions and challenges.

I am nowhere near discovering all that this program offers and believe that continuing on the course is essential for my journey of life. With continued funding, I plan to go to Bolivia where I will be working with an organisation that works with indigenous people of the area and helping to restore their culture and beliefs as well as teaching them their rights. I will also get the opportunity to live with the different clans in the different parts and work with my hands and help them wherever help is needed.

If I don't raise enough money, I may not be able to continue on the program.

What I Need:
The total program cost is $11,000

My family has put together $5,800 (which consists of a loan my mom took from the bank as well as donations from other relatives)

A good friend and mentor from Australia donated $1,000

This leaves an amount of approx $4,200
The program cost includes
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Monday through Friday when on Campus at YIP
Accommodation (single-sex, twin-share bedrooms on campus)
Materials
Travel to international internship
Transport (public and excursions)

Here is the link to the campaign!
I hope you may find time to help by making a contribution or simply by passing it along and making a lot of noise about it to friends and family!

Other ways to help
Please share this with your friends via social networks: let them know that you donated too!
Twitter: @TheDidiness
Blog:http://swedishgarden.wordpress.com/podium-of-gratitude/
Quote of the week: "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." - Henry Drummond

Paula writes: We made a donation to Didi who is a young friend of ours from South Africa. Any little contribution helps this energetic young mover and shaker further her international studies and would be greatly appreciated, please donate before Jan 16 if you can help her out and help the global good karma. 3000 people read my 3 blogs in November, just think what even one dollar each would help her out with....

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