- By: Keith Ndlovu
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/keith-ndlovu
I was recently offered a scholarship to become a participant among 25 candidates chosen from a pool of worldwide hopefuls, to be enrolled in a Leadership for Social Change course at Kanthari - www.kanthari.org in Trivandrum, India. The course starts on the 29th April and ends on the 7th December 2019.
The training is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which will equip me with skills and knowledge on how to make a positive change on the issues affecting sexual and gender minorities, living as migrants in South Africa.
The scholarship covers my full tuition, accommodation and meals. I managed to cover my caution fee and medical aid, but still lacking funds to cover for my visa application, return airfare and general upkeep.
Because I am not ‘the norm’ - a heterosexual man, I have a collection of derogatory names under my belt. That is something that many LGBTIQ+ people in Africa experience.
Most of us are cut off from families and friends after being found out to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+).
Without family support, one’s growth and progress is stunted. This often results in depression and social exclusion. Some people face these traumatic experiences before they are independent and resort to harmful means of putting food on the table.
Upon realising the struggle that so many people face, I decided to take a stand.
Keith Ndlovu Travel Cause
I was recently offered a scholarship to become a participant among 25 candidates chosen from a pool of worldwide hopefuls, to be enrolled in a Leadership for Social Change course at kanthari - www.kanthari.org in Trivandrum, India.