Rewarded for hard work

2016-09-07 06:00


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LUSAKA. – The young and dedicated Mapasea Khiba (24) from Lusaka Village in Qwaqwa won R10 000 for her project at the recent finals of the Young Community Shaper competition held at the Melrose Arch Hotel in Gauteng.

Even though she was hoping for the top prize, Khiba is delighted to come home with something.

She is the founder of the New Generation Youth Club in Lusaka Village.

Bulelane Nameka from Cape Town walked away with the first prize of R60 000.

“I knew I was competing with the best. Anyway, it was overwhelming to be called as one of the winners and I want to thank everyone who played a part since the project started,” Khiba says.

The Young Community Shaper is an essay-based competition which identifies and acknowledges the important role the youth play in their local communities.

Participants are asked to write an explanatory essay on how they feel they make a difference in their communities.

The competition is sponsored by the Independent Cash and Carry Group (ICC).

Khiba says it felt like she was dreaming on the day she got a call to inform her that she was among the nine finalists for the top award.

“I wanted to call them back to confirm what they had told me. It was honestly like a dream to me. I was not aware that people knew about the work we do here at New Generation Youth Club until I was called.”

She says she entered the competition by writing an essay about what they offer through the project.

Mapaseka tells Express Eastern Free State that they do a lot of things in their youth club, especially helping school kids.

“We have after-school tutoring programmes, where we help children from the age of ten to 20 years with their school work.

“We also do activities like poetry, drama, motivational talks and awareness of substance abuse and HIV/Aids and we also provide warm meals after these activities”

With this R10 000 she says she is going to build a small shelter, as the project is currently utilising her parents’ backroom for the activities.

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