- A primary school teacher has changed her own life and community with her amazing organisation
- She keeps the young boys and girls off the streets and teaches them valuable skills
- Thanks to generous donors she is able to feed her community but she has big plans for the future
Ntombizanele Vellem spent sleepless nights worrying about the young girls that she saw walking the streets of NU15. She worried that something might happen to them as they were exposed and vulnerable on the street.
Two years ago she was inspired to start an organisation called Ubuhle Bezwe (beauty of the world) – the Wise Girlz.
She got the young girls off the street and kept them busy with positive activities in the hopes of preventing them from making the same mistakes she made as a teenager.
The older girls are taught age appropriate life lessons and are encouraged to read books suitable for their reading level. The younger girls are given toys to play with.
Initially Ntombizanele started working with girls exclusively but soon realised that the lessons she was teaching could benefit the boys as well and make them into better men when they grew up.
Her organisaton has a simple message, no sexual relations before marriage, no alcohol or drugs and no prostitution.
“It is so sad because our area is filled with shebeens and other bad things. I was also a young girl once. I made my own mistakes and now I wish I can show others how to do better,” She said.
After only operating for two months her home was filled to capacity by young boys and girls and the expenses began to exceed her income. She reached out to sponsors for staple foods.
With all the donated food she has enough to open a soup kitchen which she uses to every poverty stricken household in her community.
Her next dream is to find a place where she could help the children with their homework and other educational programmes such as computer literacy and bead work.
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