- A young lady, Raphalalani Avhasei Messie, lived though hell while growing up
- But, she did not let her circumstances deter her passion to help others
- Today, she is the founder of a non-profit organisation which aims to help struggling young people
Recently, Briefly.co.za had the pleasure of hearing the inspirational story of Raphalalani Avhasei Messie, a 23-year-old woman who hails from Thohoyandou in Tshipako, Limpopo.
Messie, who goes by the nickname Mercy Nemavhola, went through the most in life. She was sexually assaulted from the tender age of eight. And, like most victims, the fear of other people's reactions made her keep quiet for over 15 years.
According to the beautiful young lady, her dad, Dr Chiphotho Nemavhola, passed away when she was still in school. She added her father was the family's bread winner and after his death they struggled financially.
"I had to beg for money for transport fare to and from school," she told Briefly.co.za.
At the age of 18, Messie faced a teenage pregnancy and she was stuck in an abusive relationship for four years because of her cultural and spiritual beliefs.
However, thanks to good friends and the right choices, Messie picked herself up and made a success of her life.
Her desire to help others, who go through similar struggles, led to Messie starting a NPO called Stopthespot Youth Organisation.
"Stop the spot simply means stopping every spot that hinders South African children and Youth from age of 6 to 26 from becoming the best version of themselves," she explained.
The organisation aims to stop women, children and LGBTIs abuse. They also provide sanitary pads, toiletries, stationery and clothes for children, who come from less privileged homes.
The motivation behind the organisation is to minimise drugs and alcohol abuse, as well as sexual assault.
"We restore hope to everyone who has given up in their lives, motivate learners educationally," Messie added.
The 23-year-old added a person's history is no one's business and it should not determine their future.
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