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OUR JOURNEY AT POLITECNICO DI MILANO

OUR JOURNEY AT POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Funds Raised:
R 15 439
Fundraising Target:
R 150 000
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Hi, Everyone.

Our names are Tiheli Tiheli and Poloko Leteka, 29-year-old Lesotho citizens and architecture, students. Tiheli is a firm believer in architecture’s power to transform people’s lives, environments, and societies while Poloko is interested in the relationship between design, history, and technology. 

Our architectural journey began in 2012 at Lerotholi Polytechnic (Lesotho), where we later graduated top of our class winning best performing student awards in Architectural Technology. In 2017 we were accepted at the University of Cape Town for a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. In 2020, we graduated from The University of Cape Town winning the Corobrick award for best use of clay brick and the Reuben Stubbs awards for the best project in Structure and Design respectively.

From one of our lecturers at the University of Cape Town; we brought openness and maturity to the school and fellow students. We also instilled in them, as more experienced students, a seriousness about their work.

We are currently studying master's in Architectural Design and History at Politecnico di Milano Italy. It’s been a privilege and an honour studying at one of the most iconic universities in Europe after leaving Lesotho with close to no financial support but a dream to become excellent architects in the near future. 

To our financial situation and coming from one of the poor countries in Africa, we don’t have enough funds to support ourselves until the end of the academic year as we believe that this is a good opportunity to show the world what we can do and how many lives we can inspire. We are also going to be the first people in Lesotho to have this qualification (Masters of Architectural Design & History). 

We left home on the 16th of October 2021 with the hope to settle our fees, accommodation, and food for the first few months with the donations we had received from friends and family. Our plans to apply for jobs here in Italy were later hindered by a language barrier and a busy study schedule which every architecture student will attest to.

Despite our financial difficulties, we are happy to report that we successfully completed the first semester on a high note, both obtaining overall averages above 93 per cent. In May this year, our unwavering studying of the discipline was mentioned in a local newspaper (Gazzetta di Mantova issued on the 4th April 2022) after an interview with the Rector of Politecnico di Milano Mantova campus.

We are determined to do our best to overcome any challenges which come our way. We feel certain that our experience will inspire other young children who are currently in rural areas in underdeveloped countries to work hard and reach for their dreams to achieve better education and to help lift their communities in the process. 

We kindly ask for funding or donations to be able to support ourselves in Italy. Our current target is R150 000 (8 909.55 Euros). The funding or donations will be highly appreciated and will be a good investment for the future.

Regards
Tiheli Tiheli & Poloko Leteka

Donations

  • Oct 27, 2022 - USD $ 455.50
  • "Let hope be your guide !" - Anonymous

  • Sep 28, 2022 - USD $ 29.98 Fees covered
  • "Good luck" - Jacek

  • Sep 16, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck to you both" - Anonymous

  • Sep 09, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Miss you both x" - Ashley Howard

  • Sep 08, 2022 - USD $ 12.51 Fees covered
  • "Keep up the good work :)" - Chiara

  • Sep 06, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "We are thankful to be a part of your very exciting journey - the best is yet to come!" - The Sourcing Lab

  • Sep 01, 2022 - USD $ 22.06 Fees covered
  • "Two talented and deserving architecture students. May they flourish in the years to come!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 01, 2022 - USD $ 10.05
  • "Keep on hanging on" - Anonymous

  • Aug 31, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Best wishes on your journey!" - Carol Bridges

  • Aug 30, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Tiheli and Poloko are an inspiration to aspiring designers everywhere. It was a privilege to study alongside you and to learn some valuable lessons from your incredible work. Wishing you all the best." - Ashleigh Reimers

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R 150 000.00

Donations to date

R 15 439.02
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Hi, Everyone.

Our names are Tiheli Tiheli and Poloko Leteka, 29-year-old Lesotho citizens and architecture, students. Tiheli is a firm believer in architecture’s power to transform people’s lives, environments, and societies while Poloko is interested in the relationship between design, history, and technology.