Volunteer with a passion for helping children

2018-06-12 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMnqobi Zondi is the project manager at Siyajabula Centre.

PHOTO: suppliedMnqobi Zondi is the project manager at Siyajabula Centre.

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BEING passionate about helping children achieve their full potential is what drove Upper Highway resident Mnqobi Zondi to take up a career in psychology.

Zondi, who is now a project manager at the Siyajabula Centre, where he helps with getting donations for the centre to make life more bearable for the orphans.

“I first studied teaching but as the year progressed, my love for it just perished and psychology became more appealing and also I was intrigued by the diversity of people’s minds, especially the youth.”

He said that after a year of studying psychology he was approached by a special school in Pietermaritzburg, Peter Pan for the Mentally Handicapped, to serve as a volunteer.

Zondi said being approached by the school was a surprise to him as he had visited the school as a translator for his cousin who didn’t understand English.

“A cousin of mine from the Eastern Cape was looking for a special school for her mental handicapped child and asked me to go with her to translate for her because she didn’t speak English.

“As I was translating for my cousin, the principal just focused on me rather on what I was translating to her. The principal offered to show us around the school and it was break time so I got to interact with the children and immediately fell in love with them,” he said.

He said that instead of going on tour with the principal and his cousin, he chose to go to the playground where the children were playing.

“They just gathered around me and I was overwhelmed by the love they showed me,

“After the children had gone back to class, the principal approached me and asked if I wanted to volunteer at the school and I agreed eagerly to volunteer,” he said.

Zondi said that after few weeks he was offered a permanent post as a teacher and then an occupational therapist at the school.

“I worked there for five years and unfortunately I had to quit as I had a calling to be a pastor,” said Zondi.

He said when he travelled with his congregation to Molweni he got to meet the founder of the Siyajabula Centre. “Again my love for children rekindled and I just chose to stay behind when people left and that’s how I came to Molweni, to the Siyajabula Centre,” said Zondi.

He said that he is a project manager at the centre and would not change it for anything in the world as caring for children is what brings him fulfilment. He said that people should always love, respect and care for the children as they are the leaders of tomorrow.


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