Orphanage made him value help

2017-09-05 06:02
Fabrice Nahimana

Fabrice Nahimana

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“My aim in life is to make a difference in other people’s lives and to give back to people,” says Fabrice Nahimana, one of the four members of the team that won this year’s Lead SA Youth Heroes Award in the Western Cape.

The 17-year-old Grade 11 learner of Sacs in Newlands is already on the right path as he is part of a project that equips 67 new Grade 1 learners from disadvantaged backgrounds with school uniforms, schoolbags and stationery.

His team’s project, called 67 Kids to School, was recently announced as the Western Cape winner. The winners of the national competition will be announced later.

The members also work with Living Hope by providing Friday afternoon tutoring for Grade 6 to 9 learners in Mathematics and Science at Masiphumelele High School. They have also donated funds to victims of the Imizamo Yethu fires.

Fabrice says: “I try to help out whenever I can, especially in my community, usually by visiting disadvantaged children and making them feel special. My inspiration is simply to help others in every way possible.

“Growing up, I lived in a children’s home and volunteers, like me now, used to come play with us, bring us stuff or even take us out. This meant a lot to me, so I told myself I wanted to return the favour. I always dreamt about being successful and then giving back and helping others. But in the past few years, I realised that I can start giving back already and then once I am older, I can give back to the people who have helped me get to where I am today.”

He says when he joined the project, he never imagined them winning such a prestigious reward. He says it takes commitment and determination to help others and give back to your community.

“My goal is to go to the Western Province Rugby Institute in 2019. I’m putting in the hard yards and hours to achieve this goal. I also want to study something in the sports field in South Africa and definitely continue making a difference in other people’s lives,” he says.

Barry van Selm, boarding housemaster and deputy headmaster of Sacs, says Fabrice’s determination to succeed is an inspiration and should be an example to others who have all the luxuries in the world.

“He is so willing to give back to society and show how grateful he is for all the help he has had over the last 10 years. I know Fabrice will achieve in life with his generosity and determination. He has made me so proud of him,” says Van Selm.

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