She’s a “Humanitarian” and an “Inspiration”

Jane Mandlazi is one of our 2014/2015 Absa “bridging year” students who entered the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus in pursuit of computer skills and she has now completed her ICDL, hospitality and English.

Good Work Foundation (GWF) firmly believes in the potential of those who believe in themselves, and so, towards the end of Jane’s studies, she was given the opportunity to volunteer in the Open Learning Academy, providing schoolchildren with digital literacy focusing on math’s, english and conservation. She is a “natural” with children and a born-educator.

But Jane’s dream has always been to become a healthcare worker.

When she least expected it, Jane received a last minute call saying that she was expected to come to Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg, to write a final entry assessment the following day.

OMW! The next day? Jane had absolutely nothing in her purse and she is not familiar with the big city of Johannesburg. But the GWF team (and family) quietly pulled together and donated R500 to get Jane to Johannesburg.

It was a bit of a roller-coaster-ride for Jane: unfamiliar with Johannesburg and unwilling to be a burden on her colleagues at GWF (she can be stubborn!), she ended up at the Johannesburg Police Station, where – unbeknownst to the GWF team – she gritted her teeth and bunked out on a bench for the night.

“I slept on a bench without a blanket in that freezing cold night and the next morning I had to bath in a small basin. But I am really not complaining. In fact, I appreciate what this team has done for me,” exclaimed Jane.

Jane went ahead to write a three-hour paper for which she awaits the results and we at the GWF can’t wait to hear what the future holds for her. We would love for this incredible young lady to stay on the team, but whether South Africans get Jane as an educator or a healthcare worker, they will be lucky.

In the end she is simply a “humanitarian” and her compassion, love and determination are an inspiration.

Jane has been facilitating the open learning program for a few weeks now.

Jane has been facilitating the open learning program for a few weeks now.

As much as Jane enjoys working with these open learning champions, her dream has always been to become a heath care worker.

As much as Jane enjoys working with these open learning champions, her dream has always been to become a heath care worker.

GWF family wishes Jane well, and we know that she would still be helping children just in a different space.

GWF family wishes Jane well, and we know that she will still be helping children, just in a different space.

I appreciate what the GWF team has done for me, they have put me one step closer to making my dream a reality.

“I appreciate what the GWF team has done for me, they have put me one step closer to making my dream a reality.”

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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