Kariega Project is delighted to announce that we have taken on board our first intern, Fundiswa Fihlani, a resident of Ekuphumleni. Fundi will certainly bring an enormous amount of energy and expertise to our daily operations. With this announcement, we feel like fortune has smiled upon us. Not only is the work Kariega Project going to benefit from Fundi's Ekuphumleni roots, but Fundi brings with her a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Goucher College, a liberal arts college located in the northern suburbs of Baltimore in the USA.
Fundi's story is absolutely fascinating and serves as a shining example of what can happen when the right people are given the right opportunities. Fundi was born in Grahamstown and conducted most of her schooling in Grahamstown. In 2000, as a grade 8 pupil, Fundi came to Kenton-on-Sea and and continued her education at Ikamvalesizwe Combined School. In 2004, Fundi passed Matric and dreamed of continuing her education beyond high school. But like so many other pupils in Ekuphumleni and other low income locations, these dreams were temporarily derailed by a lack of financial resources as well as the know-how to apply for financial assistance. Armed with the hope that she would eventually raise enough money to go back to school, Fundi started working for variety of employers, including Kariega Game Reserve, Ikamvalesizwe Combined School, Jesus our Teacher, and the department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
After persevering, Fundi's dreams became a reality when she won a scholarship to attend Goucher College in the USA through an arrangement the college has with Ikamvalesizwe Combined School. During her time at Goucher College, Fundi worked closely with one of her professors on an intensive study abroad programme. The course was designed with community service in mind: Goucher College students came to South Africa for three weeks and taught English and Math in two schools in Ekuphumleni and Grahamstown. It was during this time that Fundi saw a great need for educational services in her community.
Having received a first class education, Fundi is now ready to make a difference in her community. Of course, Kariega project is honoured and excited to welcome her on board!