I have been sponsoring Nhlanhla since I first met him when I was teaching in Swaziland in 2006. At that time, he was thirteen years old and had been out of school for a year since he could not afford the school fees. I paid for him to attend school and he graduated from high school with excellent results in 2010. He started university in 2011 and is nearing the end of the second year of a four year course in a bachelor of commerce degree. I am struggling to fund his needs fully and need to raise £1000 by the end of the year to go towards accommodation and living costs.
£9 will pay for his accommodation for a week.
£13 pays for his food for a week.
£6.50 tops up his mobile phone with 50 minutes of mobile to mobile calls to help him keep in touch.
£3 pays for a return bus fare from his university to town.
£3 pays for toiletries for a week.
£5 pays for stationery for a month.
£10 helps him replace worn out clothes and shoes each month.
How to donate:
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Nhlanhla is a very conscientious and capable student and has proven his reliability and honesty to me over a period of seven years. By helping him gain the skills that will enable him to start a business in Swaziland, I am helping the country in a sustainable way. I have donated a lot of my own money over the past seven years to help him achieve his goals but I am increasingly find it hard to meet his needs as food and transport costs rise in this country of about one million people sandwiched between Mozambique and South Africa.
I have a long term goal for this project. If it really takes off, I will be able to consider funding more students. The general focus of NGOs funding education in Southern Africa is on providing support for primary education but this neglects the need to produce more professionals and business people.
When you donate to a charity, especially one with broad goals, you cannot be sure where your money will go. Nor can you be sure how much of your money will cover administration costs. In my case, I have always given personally to Nhlanhla significantly more than I have raised through donations and I will continue to do so.
I visited Swaziland lin July 2013 and you will see some of the recent pictures here.