Rising by lifting up others

2018-02-07 06:02
Nosiphiwo Nodada (left) and Lesego Chipape serve lunch at a recent initiative.PHOTO: supplied

Nosiphiwo Nodada (left) and Lesego Chipape serve lunch at a recent initiative.PHOTO: supplied

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THREE students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, together with one student from Varsity College, want to uplift the community of Pietermaritzburg.

Nosiphiwo Nodada (23) is doing a masters degree in geography and environmental management at UKZN, Snenhlanhla Ngcobo (25) is studying clothing management at UKZN and Lesego Chipape (23) is doing her third year in events management at Varsity College.

These students started a non-profit organisation called We Can Youth Foundation, which is aimed at helping vulnerable children by distributing sanitary towels, non-perishable foods and toys.

The organisation started functioning in July last year and the young women are already feeding 60 children every Saturday.

Nodada said the issue of poverty in South Africa made them decide to start the organisation.

“Most young people are not engaging in community initiatives or community services. That is why we took the responsibility to help out. Our goal is to help out where we can as we believe that we rise by lifting up others and an excellent way to bring a change in society is to give support, care and attention, as well as love.

“We are still young and there is lot that we can do to help other people instead of doing nothing and complaining about poverty and how difficult life is.We need to support one another,” she said.

The students usually meet with the children, ranging from three years to 18 years, at Sunlit Gardens in Northdale. They serve them lunch, give motivational talks, Bible study classes and hand out sanitary towels.

Nodada said their goal is to end up helping different orphanages every month by doing what they are doing now.

“We also want to work hand in hand with other organisations where we will be contributing sanitary pads and food, towards a drive that will take place in a given area.

“Donations would be highly appreciated.”

To donate, you can send an e-mail to wecanyouthfoundation


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