BENEFITING: Southern African Christian Fellowship
My name is Sihle Jakavula, and I live in South Africa. I am in the 10th grade, attending one of the Maragon Private Schools in Pretoria East. It is a Christian school and maintains the title for Best Private School in Pretoria Of course, attending this school as a black teenager was unheard of before the President Mandela era. At first, I struggled with my studies because I was coming from a different environment; yet, after working very hard, I am now considered to be a top achiever. In my 10th grade I am ranked 11th and I also received other merit awards for consistently working hard, good behavior, attendance and sports I was recently honored to be one of the 29 Grade 10 Top academic achievers selected to tour Europe in September 2017. I am extremely excited!!! There's just one problem... I do not have the money for the trip. I wondered how I would be able to afford to take advantage of such a great opportunity; then I remembered that the United States of America has people like Oprah Winfrey who came and saved a lot of black girls who are just like me. It would be a dream come true for me to join the other South African top-achiever tour. I am excited about the opportunity that would further enhance my knowledge and understanding of the world around me. Please don’t let my lack of funding exclude me from the opportunity of a lifetime. We will depart with about 200 learners from 83 schools on September 28, 2017 to visit the best universities in Germany, Switzerland and Paris (i.e. Heidelberg University, University of Geneva, ETH Zurich and Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris). We will attend lectures by leading, renowned leaders and researchers. We will also visit the European Central Bank, Student Jail, Rhone Glacier and Ice Cave, and the Chocolate Factory for tour and taste. There are perhaps other students who have been selected that may be facing the same financial circumstances as me. Should the donation exceed my request, I am willing to contribute the excess towards the cost for other students who are in my position. Opportunities like this are few and far between. Thank you in advance for your help.