- Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo grew up poor but he overcame all the struggles he faced to succeed
- The 26-year-old went on to study medicine and he is now a qualified medical doctor
- He has now been named as one of Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for the work he has been doing to better the lives of the less fortunate
- Dr Ntlatlapo established an NPO that aims to close this gap by helping disadvantaged youth to apply to institutions of higher learning
Dr Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo is a passionate young man who proved that one's background does not determine your future.
The 26-year-old hails from a poor socioeconomic background but he managed to secure life-changing opportunities.
With the help of sponsors, Ntlatlapo could go to university to study medicine. Now he has he founded na NPO called the Help Me Up Foundation, which aims at helping disadvantaged youth get the same opportunities he did.
Dr Ntlatlapo founded the 2017 after he qualified as a medical doctor - which he described as the proudest moment. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university.
Because of his success and the NPO Ntlatlapo founded, he secured himself a spot on Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans list.
“I want to see more educated young South Africans from all backgrounds working towards improving their lives and of those around them, being leaders in whatever field or position they are in. That way we will know that our nation is in good hands.”
The young doctor said his background was what motivated him to start an organisation that aims to help other young people who face similar struggles.
Dr Ntlatlapo encouraged disadvantaged youth to pursue their dreams even if it looks impossible at times.
He was quoted saying:
"Just keep making sure that you dream big, work hard and smart on those dreams, never forgetting to pray, and keep moving forward. You will be fine.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported previously on another inspirational story. Anejado Paul used to life on the streets when a Good Samaritan changed his life.
Paul was picked off the street by a woman from the US, Melissa, 19 years ago. The story did not end there. Paul went ahead to succeed and became a medical doctor.
The American lady spoke about how her family met Paul in a village in central Nigeria. She also recalled how her heart broke over the conditions he was living in.
“Our family first met Anejodo Paul in a small remote village in central Nigeria about 18 and a half years ago.
“I remember my heartbreaking when I saw this kid under a tree swatting flies away from the raw and open tissue on his leg that had been caused by a flesh-eating bacteria,” she said.
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