A Better Me - Sifiso's 947
- By: Sifiso Monchu
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/a-better-me-sifisos-947
Sifiso Monchu, a young man doing his Grade 11, has faced adversities in his lifetime, but continues to believe that there is still much to gain from life and that it is worthwhile to try to be a better man.
Sifiso lost his mother, his only parent, when he was 3 years old. His sister took him in, hut he had to learn to become independent from an early age. “Even though my sister is working, I understand that she has to support her children, so I make my own means to survive as well. I sometimes wash cars, or help my neighbours with any household chores, so that I can make my own money” he added.
He depends mostly on his neighbour, who not only gives him lunch money but encouraged him to go back to school last year when he dropped out. Sifiso is now repeating Grade 11. He tells us proudly that he is coping with his studies, and attending Afrika Tikkun’s Saturday classes.
He joined Afrika Tikkun in 2014. He takes part in debating activities, “I appreciated how we could speak freely there and how confident I would be” Sifiso says with a smile; but it is cycling that is his passion. “I came to the Centre to take part in arts and culture activities but I fell in love with cycling”.
The cycling programme has allowed him to participate in well-known races like the 94.7 race last year and more recently, in CycAlive. CycAlive brings young people from Johannesburg, Israel and Afrika Tikkun together in a cross-country cycle expedition from Johannesburg to Durban to raise funds for local schools. “For some reason I was sad in Durban, I wished my mom was there to witness this proud moment” said Sifiso.
“I thank Afrika Tikkun for giving me an opportunity to be a cyclist and to go further with it. I am proud of this Centre” he added. Sifiso plans to pass his matric and study accounting or business thereafter.
Afrika Tikkun empowers communities to develop new generations of productive citizens using our unique Development Model. We achieve this through purpose built 'Centres of Excellence' within the townships providing social development services from cradle to career.
Our great Patron, Nelson Mandela has this to say about our organisation:
“Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach our disadvantaged population at a grassroots level. It provides both physical help, as well as hope and diginity to the recipients.”
The impact of the patronage of one of the world’s greatest heroes cannot be overstated and Afrika Tikkun is proud to have been counted as one of four organisations worldwide entitled to bear the Mandela name to the end.