Hard work pays off for youth

A group of girls are proving that no matter your circumstances, you are the master of your destiny.

03 February 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel • Windhoek

In a community where running water and electricity is a luxury, a group of girls has pro-ven that it is up to you to change your future.

“I fell pregnant in my grade 10 year and I had to work hard to give my baby a better life,” says Elvira Gowases. She is currently in grade 12 and did really well in grade 11. “My little girl is my biggest motivation to work hard,” she adds.

Elvira also knows she has to lighten the burden on her grandmother, who is the sole breadwinner in a household where nine people live.

When she heard about the Lidar Foundation, she committed herself to study at the centre. “The people here help me stay motivated,” she says. Although she was disappointed in herself when she fell pregnant, she knows that with hard work, she can provide for her daughter.

Rebekka van der Byl is another young woman who says that Lidar gave her a home.

“I was living with my grandmother and the school was very far from our home,” she explains, adding that she had to walk to and from school every day.

“The school is closer to the centre,” Rebekka says, which makes the commute shorter and gives her more time to study. She is currently in grade 11 and plans to work hard this year as well.

Cosima Rieth passed matric with flying colours last year and is currently studying finance at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). “Except for Lidar providing us with a safe haven, they teach us communication and social skills,” she says.

Life goals

According to her, you decide your own future and your background doesn't keep you from really li-ving your dreams.

When it comes to determination, Loide Shiningayamwe knows best. Not only is she responsible for administrative tasks at Lidar, she is also a fourth year economics student at NUST. “It's not always easy working and studying, but with determination and support, you can realise your dreams,” she says.

Loide hopes to work at the Bank of Namibia when she finishes her studies at the end of the year.

The Lidar Foundation helps 60 primary as well as high school girls with homework after school, as well as assisting with pregnant teens.

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