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The content I write on this blog is always somehow inspired by the events around me. The decisions I take, things I see around me, stories shared by friends and sometime also from random strangers. In this article I want to touch on something I saw written by Job Amupanda, titled “Do it yourself”
He urges us to establish Scholarship funds for our families, villages, locations to allow us to send our children to school. The time is now and acknowledge some of us have already started. This is very close to my heart because I believe my father and brothers did this for me.
I have shared part of my story , through hosting my brother Willbard on The wave. If you have not read his story ( read it here). In short, my Dad who was the bread winner died at tender age, leaving my mother with 6 children and without a job. At the time the eldest of us was 13 years, and I was the youngest. But one thing that I will always be grateful was he had started a nest for my education.
Being the last in the family meant that I did not have to endure the struggles that my older siblings endured. By the time I was in grade 7, my elder brother was already finishing colleague and started earning an income. With the help of a teacher, I was sent to sent to boarding school for better education.
The nest I am referring to was a study policy that my Dad took out for me. That was only meant to mature when I turned 18, so that by the time I get to university, there will be money for my education. In the mean time, my brothers and my mother funded my high school education.
When I turned 18, the study policy paid out and without it, I would have not managed to study in South Africa. Even though I had a bursary, it did not cover all my costs and often paid directly into the university account so that meant rent, food, books etc where out of my own pockets.
Having now qualified as chartered accountant from the nest started by my father and grown by my brothers, I have decided to pay that forward. I have taken an initiative that every child in my family should have a study policy. If his/her parent cannot afford , I will pay for it while I can still afford. If things change later, whatever I have saved would at least be something.
I have also a bursary scheme at Gabriel Taapopi Secondary school for the past three years where I identify performing students that are struggling to help their parents with fees. This way, they can take off their mind from stressing about amount due to the school.
And finally I am running the pads initiative and Hope club in Omaalala Village and Walvis Bay with the aim of keeping the young girls and boys in school. In this we discuss all things that black parents hardly ever discuss with their kids at home and we get to answer questions that kids cannot ask their parents.
So in conclusion, do think about this:
- If you can, try and set up saving schemes for your kids and close family members to reduce the pressure on your finances in future years. You are more likely to save now than in 10 years time.
- Let us focus on the things that matters. How many of you have family members covered on multiple funeral covers instead of taking that money and sending the kids of those unemployed uncles on your funeral cover to school?
- School does not cost much these days ( Excluding those that are out of reach), be part of a bursary scheme that you and your mate can sponsor to help a rural, informal settlement child get e a chance at a better future.
- Be parts of the pads initiative to keeps girls in school. Fund a club that teach young children sport, business as other sills aimed at breaking poverty.
We seems to be brainwashed that the government or non profit organization are the only ones that can help. Think about it and do it yourself.
If you would like to start getting involved or would like to be part of the imitative I am running, please do not hesitate to reach out on +264 81 61 47860.
We can change the world, one act at a time.