At the age of eight, she was shocked with the images of Ethiopian famine. She could not understand why other children in the world did not have the same privileges as her. For months she nagged her family to help. Their reply was always the same “the world is a place full of suffering and no one can do nothing about it." At the age of 25, Sofia moved to Africa with the firm belief that "We all have the duty to do something".
Nthaks' motto is, "Every man is an impossibility until he is born!" She is constantly seeking to improve and sets herself challenging tasks by questioning her own achievements: “Am I doing all I can or am I scratching the surface?”, “How do I shift and allow the past to be a teaching?”. She is in a self healing path, after all "the world is full of possibilitites."
Nicole is a diverse character and will stand up for those she cares for. She likes to laugh as humour is the foundation of her character. She believes her past has built the footpath to her present and will lead her to her future. She's a strong young woman who was raised by women and is truly proud of that.
Emmanuel is a multi-talented person. He has got a very good flair with figures. I think that’s what makes him versatile as he can handle most tasks with much easy. “Failure is not an option” is his motto. He believes that if you work very hard, you will achieve anything in life and you will be an important resource in society.
Inno is an unfinished symphony.One distinctive characteristic about Innocent is that he is always in action. His mind is always wondering and his body is always in motion. Inno is daring, he has an interesting outlook to life, he questions and is not afraid to be questioned. For him the sky is the limit.
Jennifer is a self driven individual who enjoys a challenge with a passion for photography and community development. She is a go getter with a 'can do' attitude, and loves to problem solve. She enjoys networking, making new connections and meeting inspiring people that she can learn from.
Nkosana, originally from Soweto, is a type of person that likes simplicity. He is humble, full of enthusiasm and humour. He draws his inspiration from God's unconditional love and he believes that life is precious.
Patricia believes that she can do anything she puts her mind and will to. Life is filled with possibilities and space to grow. Change is inevitable and should be embraced when life wants us to. Her passion is to motivate people to rise to their full potential and never give up nor live from a place of regret. Life is short Live, Love and Laugh.
Whitney likes to strike a balance between being around people and being alone. She likes to think of herself as crazy, she often thinks deeply about the things she sees around her and creates her own stories. It is just her own silly way of entertaining herself and being creative. Whitney believes that everyone creates their own journey in life.
Capetonian Danielle is from Goodwood and studied psychology at UWC.Apart from swimming, water polo and spending time on the beach - Bloubergstrand is her favourite - she loves writing poetry and short stories and has found her life motto in the words of another poet, Rumi: "Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion".
Young, energetic, full of life and goal driven, these are the words that best describe Brian. He is someone that enjoys seeing people grow. Life has not been easy but he was able to get up and make something out of his life. He is busy chasing his dream of becoming a motivational speaker.
Candice is an independent individual who is willing unravel potential in each every person she encounterst in her life. Candice is very outspoken and draws strength from her achievements in life. She believes to GROW means to CHANGE, if you haven't been challenged you haven't GROWN.Enjoys seeing friends and family happy around her.
Anwar's daily greeting is 'honey I'm home' as he welcomes everyone with his happy and warm smile. He loves the universe, which he believes doesn't give what you ask for with your thoughts, but rather gives you what you demand with your actions. He believes that your destiny is bound with the destinies of others.
His motto is "live for today".
Desiree's journey through life has been one of humility, never boasting about her accomplishments. She maintains that it is important to keep the right perspective and she strives to install this in her children.
It is her passion and courage that makes her such a valuable resource for her family and people around her. She finds laughter, fun and much joy in everything. Life for her is a playground.
Eugené is a kind soul. When she comes across someone in need she will want to help immediately. Eugené is an idealist, she dreams every day of a world without pain.
She loves spending time with her son and reading good books.
Leoni is by definition passionate about growth. Whether it is personal or spiritual, she believes one can never stop growing. We all are amazing individuals, our minds and hearts have no limitations except the ones we ourselves impose. This belief, along with her faith, is the main driving force in her quest to help.
Laaiqah is an independant person with a strong work ethic. She loves what she is does and she is always on the look out for the next person to help. She is honest and unapologetic about it! She enjoys music and food, but most of all spending time with her son.
Denecia is someone who loves wholeheartedly. She believes in honesty and integrity. Her craziness is what adds to the world in a very positive way. She is driven by teaching, motivating others and being surrounded by young people.
Matt is a proudly South African SuperFan, an explorer of the imagination and front-line action man. A thought provoker and risk taker with a strong analytical mind not afraid to ask the BIG questions. Supporter of the underdog. Loyal to the best. A graduate. A hustler. An aspiring wealth creator and eternal team player.
Justin is all about growth, development and the importance of the holistic paradigm. He loves discovering and experiencing new things with a strong core belief that you have to try things at least once.
Queen is a LOL kind of girl. She laughs at the most serious matters, she does this to let herself and everyone know that everything is going to be alright! She believes that everything happens for a reason. You can lock her up with a "Chinese" and she will still find a way to understand the person because she believes in the human race and the power of love.
Zintle is a loving and caring person who values family. She is adventurous and loves outdoor activities and is health conscious. She always tries her best not to let the past hold her back. Zintles favourite quote it: "Knowledge is multiple,wisdom is singular. Knowledge is words, wisdom is silent. Knowledge is standing outside understanding what is seen, wisdom is standing at the centre knowing what is not seen."
Joseph is a fast learner and believes in getting things done on time! He enjoys taking care of his passengers and making sure they get to their destinations safely.
He is a strong character and will always speak his mind, but Joseph is soft and young at heart. He enjoys listening to music like RnB, Jazz and Reggae.
Nolly is a sweet and crazy young girl, she is always laughing and making fun of everything. She is commited to finding ways to challenge her weaknesses. Her motto is to work hard to not get the same feedback twice.
An optimist and realist, Nurahn is a passionate communicator who believes in breaking barriers through conversation. As a news junkie, she has a desire to inspire change in the world and believes that everyone has a story to tell. She also says that love can heal if you truly believe in it.
Fr Bonginkosi (Bongi) Nhleko is a Salesian of Don Bosco and he has been with the Salesians for the past 16 years. Fr Bongi believes in Ubuntu (humanism) and his mission is to destroy walls and build bridges. If you want to spread love, count him in.
Felicia is a woman of few words but is a great listener. Her caring personality and keen sense of humour is one of her many qualitites. She always radiates warmth and understanding in everything she does.
Robin has a big heart for humans and animals alike and her family, friends and pets are the most important things in her life. She likes to think of herself as empathetic. In her free time you'll find her in the garden tending to her veggies, crocheting or watching horror movies back-to-back on the couch.
Nomathamsanqa Tshandu, or as we like to call her 'Mama', makes sure that our offices are always ready for visitors and a great support to the team. She loves life and describes herself as a straight forward person who is honest and reliable. She loves to cook and listen to gospel music.
Marlene’s caring spirit and expert listening ability mixed with no frills straight talk, heaps of pizazz and a wicked sense of humour has created a reputation that we all love. When you have the privilege of meeting up with Marlene, you are going to learn all about “The Finger” – what it does and where it belongs!
Tatenda is a firm believer that learning is a life long process, as such he is constantly looking for opportunities to learn and grow. He is passionate about social change and strives to see the value in others. Tatenda enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition, he is a big soccer fan. His favourite quotation is, "it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Joyce Umetor has a postgraduate degree in M&E from Stellenbosch University and is originally from Nigeria. She is a budding evaluator and a key part of our M&E team. Music and cooking are her other passions and she says 'you will always find me in the kitchen cooking traditional African dishes listening to my favorite music, Gospel.'
Hollie is an open, straight forward and friendly person who is ambitious and hard working. She has a passion for new and exciting experiences, helping people, learning, family, love and laughter. After 5 years of studying she is looking forward to putting her knowledge to good use in the real world.
Andrew loves challenges. He is passionate about seeing development and change happening in families. In fact, his motto is ‘change in me means change in others’. In his spare time he spends time with his wife and two boys and enjoys a ‘lekker’ snoek, braai or potjiekos.