VUYA Foundation focuses on assisting those of our communities who need that bit of assistance to achieve their goals. These goals usually focus on improving their standard of living, completing or furthering their education, and helping other’s in their families or communities.
In our success stories section we will share with you some of the stories of those we at VUYA Foundation have assisted or are still assisting with recognising their dreams.
We looked forward to sharing many more of these success stories with you going forward and updating you on developments around some of the success stories that we have already shared.
The story of Oppie Koppie Kindergarden was birthed out of the realisation of a drastic need and our strong desire to meet that need.
When Vuya Foundation came to know of Henry he was a student in the Ceres Secondary School. He stayed in the school hostel during the week and was to return home on weekends.
Andre Petersen is one of our most exciting successes. Andre successfully completed his masters dissertation in jazz performance, through the Lemmens Instituut in Belgium in 2011. He approached the Foundation to assist him financially in order to do this.
Norman Davids is a soft spoken young man who comes from humble beginnings in the Ceres farm district. His parents are farm workers in the Ceres area. When Norman attended the Ceres Secondary School the combined income in the family was approximately R700 a week.
A well known Day Hospital in Cape Town recently came under the media spotlight when Reverend Arthur September wrote a letter to the Editor of the Cape Argus in early March 2012.
An early Saturday morning in May the Vuya Foundation team gathered together our families and friends and attended the MS Walk: "Making Strides 4 Multiple Sclerosis". The Foundation also contributed a cash donation towards this worthy cause. All funds raised through this event went towards MS patients who do not have the benefit of medical aid.
To touch on our tertiary students, Marian Kinnes is a Vuya Foundation bursary beneficiary in her 1st year of studies at UNISA. She is currently working for the Manenberg self help center. Marian is a working mother, however a Social Work Degree has always been a dream of hers' and she is realizing this dream through her studies.
Justin Stevens is a young man with tremendous cricketing ability. Justin has achieved in cricket from the early age of 7 and was recently selected to represent SA in the World Schools cricket tournament in Malaysia in April 2012. Justin comes from a humble home in Silvertown, Athlone on the Cape Flats. Both his parents, Marion and Geoff, work hard to provide for their 3 children with a decent life. All the children have great sporting ability and play on provincial or national levels in their sporting codes.
Ciaren's story is a heartbreaking one. Both Ciaren's parents passed away over a period of 3 years leaving him and his younger brother orphaned. At present both boys are in the care of their pensioner grandmother, who is struggling to support them on a meager pension.