Boy, 18, overcomes gang warfare and loss of his mom to pass matric but has to be breadwinner

Boy, 18, overcomes gang warfare and loss of his mom to pass matric but has to be breadwinner

- Faithlin Louw matriculated despite enormous challenges

- These included gang warfare and losing his mom

- However, his dreams of being a nurse may be put on hold because he's the family breadwinner

An 18-year-old boy's dreams of studying to be a nurse could be thwarted despite matriculating under difficult circumstances.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Faithlin Louw matriculated from John Ramsay High School in Bishop Lavis, Western Cape.

According to iol.co.za, he made this achievement despite losing his mother in June last year and doing his exams in the midst of gang warfare.

Faithlin displays his matric certificate. Photo: IOL

Faithlin displays his matric certificate. Photo: IOL

His dream is to study nursing. However, he has put that on hold for now because he has to be his family's breadwinner.

Faithlin lives with his grandmother and two siblings. He started working about three weeks ago at a retail shop close to their home in Clarke Estate in Elsies River.

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In an interview, he said:

I am the only breadwinner in our family at the moment. My grandmother receives a pension grant, but that hardly covers enough for all of us.

He described losing his mom as a huge shock but said his grandmother helped him through it.

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Faithlin said:

My grandmother kept telling me not to give up and that I should honour my mother by completing my schooling. And that is what I did.

The determined boy has not completely given up on his dreams and hopes to get financing to study further.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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