Today is always one of the best days of the year: the day we deliver literally thousands of school supplies to talented and determined students in Nomathamsanqa.
Mr. Charlie Josephs, Executive Director of Mayibuye Ndlovu Development Trust (MNDT), the local South African organization with which Universal Promise partners, oversaw today the distribution of supplies to our 54 Uphuhliso scholars. Uphuhliso, which recognizes South African learners for their academic and behavioral successes and then supports them with all the school supplies they will need throughout the year, remains the only program of its kind in this entire region.
Our home- and school-based approach has been validated in recent TED talks and in documentaries that examine and critique the workings of nonprofit organizations around the world. The UP emphasis on education underscores our belief that school-based giving encourages independence, confidence, and a just, civil, and hopeful society. It is hard to argue with the unparalleled benefits of education.
Representing Universal Promise and overseeing the distribution this year, Mr. Josephs wrote, "What a pleasant way of starting the new year by “giving” to the needy and to see the joy and appreciation on the children's faces, THANKS TO UP. It was nice seeing the familiar faces and to meet the new learners. The learners were at the school by 10:00, and the Tanda Bantu Stores delivery arrived at 11:15. Principal Vuyani Sampies and School Coordinator Nokuzola Somya welcomed the learners, and MNDT representatives Zitobele Sesman (trustee) and Mariska Toring (administrative clerk) also shared in the exciting occasion of the handover."
UP loved seeing the word "giving" in quotation marks. A handout? No. Empowerment? Yes.
Mr. Josephs continued, "Before the handover Zitobele Sesman addressed them and reminded them that they should show their appreciation and work hard this year. The principal also encouraged them to work from the first day and that they should speak to the teachers or principal if they need any assistance.
"The current learners were very happy and are excited to progress to the next grade. Thank you for allowing Mayibuye to share in this special project. Words can’t explain the impact that it will have in our communities. I’m humbled to be part of this historic changes that Universal Promise is bringing to our people. Thank you."
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