Simone Bouyer

English, Confidence and Leadership

“If any of you educators would like an English lesson, I would be happy to give it to you!” That’s how Mduduzi ended his short presentation on the difference his Video Mentor, Sharon, had made in his life in the year and a half they had been connected. He started […]

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Khayelitsha’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

As many of our Family have read or seen, our newest double-decker LaunchPad is up and running, but we haven’t properly introduced you to the township where it is located – Khayelitsha. Xhosa for New Home, Khayelitsha is the largest township in Cape Town located 15.5 mi or 25 km […]

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Making Big Moves

For Colin, a 16-year-old who lives in a village in the Mpumalanga province, the idea of talking to a Video Mentor across the world felt intimidating. “It was scary because I had no idea of the kind of person she would be. But when I did meet Nina, it was,” […]

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The Perks of (Not) Being A Wallflower

Khotso is a young woman with big dreams. “I want to be a brain surgeon or a biomedical engineer,” she says, brimming with quiet pride. It wasn’t always this way. Before Khotso met her Video Mentor, Rachel, who she has been working with since 2016, the young teen had her […]

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Conversation with Dingani

Dingani, now 19, and living in a group home on the outskirts of Johannesburg, wasn’t expecting much when he became a Net Buddy 8 years ago. “I didn’t really see the point of it,” he admits. Then his Video Conversations with Mary-Jo started and his perspective shifted. “You get to […]

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