B.Tech students give back

2016-10-12 06:00
PHOTO: supplied ABOVE: The DUT students who donated to Khayalethu Children’s home (from left) Nozipho Shandu, Zuzile Msimang, Ivory Ndebele, Bagcinile Mbutuma and Nqobile Mabaso.

PHOTO: supplied ABOVE: The DUT students who donated to Khayalethu Children’s home (from left) Nozipho Shandu, Zuzile Msimang, Ivory Ndebele, Bagcinile Mbutuma and Nqobile Mabaso.

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FIVE students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) last Tuesday “gave back” to the Khayelethu Children’s home in Pietermaritzburg.

Bachelor of Technology students, Bangcinile Mbutuma, Nqobile Mabaso, Ivory Ndebele, Nozipho Shandu and Zuzile­ Msimang­ went to the home to share their knowledge after being assigned a project to establish a community based initiative.

The group decided to give back to the home after their research indicated that young women in orphanages lack important­ information that can assist them in conquering challenges and the various perspectives about being a young woman.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mabaso said they discussed self-love, peer pressure, the importance of education and personal hygiene with the home girls.

“We had an informal session where these topics were addressed, and questions from the young girls were answered by the team.

“After the session each girl was presented with a hamper of hygiene essentials such as roll on, deodorant, toothbrush, soap, sanitary towels, school shoes and career guidance handbooks,” she said.

Their objective is to take this project to other orphanages around Pietermaritzburg said Mabaso.

“Doing this project has opened our eyes and we realise we can make a difference and the sooner we start sharing our knowledge and experiences we can save many young girls from temptation.

“We want to see these young girls making a difference in their communities one day in leadership positions,” she said.

Mabaso said they will keep track of the girls’ progress and measure the impact of the initiative in order to determine whether the social empowerment has a lasting impact on them.

- Supplied.

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