Help Justice Gain Stable & Consistent Employment
Organized by: Pamela Migalska
Meet Justice. Justice is an immigrant just like I am and he needs a little help to reach a goal that could change his life.
He has a dream of completing a high skill rope access and welding course that will allow him to gain full time and regular employment on large shipping vessels, painting and fixing the sides on long overseas expeditions. Maybe not the most glamorous of jobs, but a practical one that will make supporting and educating his family much easier. The wages he could earn once he has completed the course are not comparable with what he currently able to earn.
The trouble is that this course costs about R18,000 (about $1,300).
This may not sounds like a huge amount, but when you consider that both Justice and Zodwa (his wife) earn about R200 per day (less than $15), it becomes easier to understand how unattainable this goal seems right now.
He's a hard worker. We met him when he tirelessly painted our flat as fast as possible (so he didn't miss out on any other jobs) and as well as possible (he told us - he wants people to come in, see how beautifully painted it is, and have us refer him).
He's been saving for two years, but hasn't made much headway as he's been prioritising his children’s education. His oldest child is at school in Zimbabwe, and her school fees are in the region of $200 per month (the Zimbabwean currency collapsed years ago and now they use the US dollar). Every time the Rand gets weaker (which is not uncommon), his kids’ education becomes more expensive and the goal becomes harder to reach. He told us he feels stuck.
But his story is not uncommon in South Africa. Sometimes being a good person and hard worker isn't enough. And that's not fair.
I moved to South Africa two months ago, and I don’t think I ever realized how privileged I am until I moved here. For those who know me, you’ve probably become accustomed to my pictures of mountains and wine but in reality this move has been a huge adjustment. And not just because I quit my job, left my adopted home (London) and finally closed the 2.5 year long distance gap with the boyfriend. But because Cape Town - and South Africa at large - is a place where great beauty, nature, sunshine live side by side with poverty and inequality so great and so widespread I find myself in tears on a pretty regular basis.
But this campaign is about more than that. This is a cause near and dear to my heart because my parents toiled in ways not unlike Justice and his wife. My mom still cleans houses to supplement our income and my dad has worked 50+hour weeks of manual labor for as long as I can remember.
But we were privileged to have immigrated to a country (USA) where the landscape is different. Through all the sweat they shed they were not only able to provide a good meal on the table and a comfortable roof over our heads but education for their 3 daughters. I see how hard they’ve worked, and I understand how important these opportunities are. A little help can make a huge difference here!
And so we decided to set up a crowdfunding campaign that we really hope will allow Justice the opportunity he deserves. All money raised will be held in a separate account, administered by us, and used for the purposes of paying for Justice’s course. If we are fortunate enough to raise more than we need for the courses, we will ensure that the excess money in invested and used to pay for the education of his children. Our hope is that enough people will decide to pledge $20 - or even just $10 - to a fund that will change Justice’s life, and set him on a path that will allow him to earn a living wage.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please help us to help Justice and his family!