University student in Swaziland needs your help

For: Nhlanhla Sibanyoni
Organizer: Alan Evans
£350
of £2,000 goal.
Raised by 11 donors
17% Complete
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The Story

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.

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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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 12, 2014

Posted on January 12, 2014

Nhlanhla continues to do well. He is over half way through his four year degree now. He's still seeking funds to pay his rent every month (about £40) and money for food and books to keep him on target to succeed when he graduates.

Posted on September 2, 2013

Posted on September 2, 2013

New photos added of my recent trip to Swaziland. In short he is doing well. He lives in a single room 'apartment' 3 minute's walk from the university close to Matsapha. He has access to running water here and electricity is included in the rent. The rent is approximately £35 per month and it means that he has access to cooking facilities which keeps the cost of food down.

Posted on June 19, 2013

Posted on June 19, 2013

We are 1/3 of the way to £1000. Pretty good!

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