Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde des südlichen Afrika, während in Europa in diesem Jahr die Politik diskutiert, mit welchen Maßnahmen sie drohenden Gefahren des Klimawandels gesellschaftspolitisch akzeptabel begegnen kann, sind die verheerenden Folgen in den Ländern des südlichen Afrika längst angekommen. Nach schweren Überschwemmungen vor allem in Mosambik, Zimbabwe und Malawi im Mai 2019 leiden die Menschen in der Region nun unter den Folgen extremer Dürre. In Namibia ist wohl rund ein Viertel der Bevölkerung auf Nahrungsmittelhilfe angewiesen.
At the time, I had no form of financial support, but I never let it hinder me from grasping the chance to better my family’s economic position and community at large. Having grown up in a financially unstable home, I was expected to limit my dreaming capacity and cage my plans due to circumstance. Starting a new independent life, in a new province, new school, and new environment with no financial assistance let alone the idea or thought of ever receiving assistance was terrifying I must say, all I did have was faith and determination that I was going to get through this year and that I am going to get my degree in 3 years’ time.
I proceeded with my year and studies with all the other students as if everything was alright, as if I was not receiving mails reminding me of overdue balances that kept the deadline dates in highlighted in dark red bold writing. Fear would strike here and there, thoughts of getting kicked out would torment me on the daily but I would overcome that fear with more applications and faith. Until the 18th of September when all hope was lost, when deadlines had passed, when I was getting myself packed up and ready to leave. That was when I was first in contact with Dr Sabine Blumstein receiving an email from the INISA Student grant subjected STUDENT GRANT – INTERVIEW.
My heart was pounding with joy, I felt a sudden relief like could clearly see the future again. My initial thought of shock was that this was a joke or a prank, I could not believe my eyes until I went through with the interview and was amazingly one of the 3 grand grant holders. Words can never describe the huge impact this assistance had in my life, I had reached rock bottom. I had started losing all hope and was on the verge of packing up and heading home with shattered dreams. Receiving the email on the 16th of September was life changing!! It felt like the 2nd chance life had given me.
Words cannot begin to describe my gratitude and utter appreciation towards INISA. I Am- and will forever be grateful for the INISA STUDENT GRANT, would never regret applying there.
I had sent countless emails and applications to every organization that I found on the internet. By this time I had registered more modules than I had during the first semester. The workload was almost unbearable and I had very little time to study as I was now working two jobs to cover my accommodation, and to top it all off I could not afford the needed study material for the 2nd semester. Every chance got, I would spend in the library. The struggle to maintain balance between working and studying led me to discontinue one of my modules.
Without INISA willing to support,students such as myself would be unable to pursue medical school.
Growing up in a less privileged community has not only offered financial and a ccademic challenges, but has also helped me realize the value of collage education. Your scholarship will help me earn credentialsin medical school,which requires special training and coursework .My passion for medicine is matched only by love for social health problems,my decision to study medical school comes from the heart.
Without a doubt this grant will will pray a key role in achieving my educational dreams. Because of your generosity, the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education will be reduced. That mean I can spend more time on my studies extra curricular activities and less time worrying about my finances.
Once again, thank you for the vote of confidence and INISA. I am commuted to my education and to the health care field and one step closer to becoming a doctor.Thanks to your continued generosity and INISA STUDENT GRANT 2017. Sincerely
Die diesjährigen INISA Stipendiaten heißen Nontumekelelo Magwa und Elphas Toringep. Beide studieren an der University of Cape Town. Wir wollen Nontumekelelo und Elphas helfen, auf ihrem Weg weiter zu gehen und einen Beitrag zur Zukunft des südlichen Afrikas zu leisten. Diese Unterstützung ist dringend nötig: Studiengebühren von etwa 25.000 Rand im Studienjahr bilden für viele talentierte junge Afrikanerinnen und Afrikaner eine kaum überwindbare Hürde.