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Wendy Nkosi UWC Maastricht Fundraiser

Wendy Nkosi UWC Maastricht Fundraiser

Personal message

My name is Wendy Nkosi  and I am 16 years old. I live in rural Boschfontein, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Currently, I am in my gap year at Imagine Scholar, and it was here I discovered a deep passion for astronomy.

I live with my mother, siblings, and cousins. Being raised in a large family, I was taught that hard work is instrumental in order to achieve my dreams. I work very hard at school and I have taught myself to be self-motivated. My mother works part time jobs in order to provide for her family, and despite her trying as hard as she can, it is a struggles to keep food on the table. 

Nevertheless, when I grow up I want to be like my mom. I love that she is very optimistic and even though she doesn’t have a lot, she is always willing help other people. She encourages me pursue my education and be passionate.

Since I was a young girl, I have always been curious about the universe. It amazes me to realize that the universe is changing so quickly that we don’t even realize it. I love that in astronomy, we realize that we share the same sky. No matter how different our cultures and lifestyles are, we are all under the same sky. I feel that this idea is reason enough for everyone in the world to unite and abolish all stereotypes we have about each other in order to build a peaceful and sustainable future.

I want to pursue a career in astrophysics at university. I love Mathematics and Physical Sciences; however, growing up in a rural village without access to information about astrophysics has been the biggest challenge towards achieving my dream. I know that it is not going to be easy to reach this goal and I have also realize that academics are not the only way I can achieve this goal.

For these reasons, I have taken leadership roles in Imagine Scholar Space Race Team and have also involved myself in numerous community services in order to be a well rounded person. The School Space race is a competition between schools in South Africa and England. Being a part of the school space race for the last two years has been one of the greatest accomplishments in my life. I believe that the most important skill that young people need to learn is curiosity and there is no where better to teach it other than astronomy. My biggest wish is to help them develop an interest in astronomy and develop their own passions.

I was awarded a 75% scholarship to attend at UWC Maastricht school in the Netherlands. Going to this program will be a dream come true. Learning from great teachers and being challenged by my peers, is what excites me the most about attending a United World College. I believe that through UWC, I will be able to attain the skills I need in order to further myself in the field of astrophysics. If I am able to raise the proper amount of funds, I will come back to South Africa and inspire young women to pursue their education and realize their dreams. With my family's financial status, I know that I will not be able to cover the amount needed.

For this reason, your help in raising the other 25% for accommodation, tuition and other costs will be very much appreciated. I promise you that I will make sure and pay it forward to other young women in my country.

Donations

  • Jul 17, 2018 - USD $ 105.46
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Donations to date

R 1 392.54

Fundraising target

R 242 000.00
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