On 25 September I will be setting off to tackle Africa's greatest mountaineering challenge, Mt. Kilimanjaro, a 6 day 5898 meter climb in freezing conditions. The reason for doing this is simple, to raise awareness and funds for nonprofit which is tackling some of South Africa's greatest socio-political challenges, crime and the lack of jobs.
Who are these heroes I hear you ask? They are a nonprofit organisation named BrothersForAll, and along with their founder and CEO Sihle Tshabalala they are teaching prisoners, and underprivileged children how to program.
Why programming? We live in a modern world where by computers run almost everything, and all those computers and applications require programmers. Software developers are in high demand, and it will stay that way for the foreseeable future, thus it provides a sustainable way for these children and prisoners to create lasting jobs for themselves. Furthermore, prisoners can leave prison with the skills they require to get/create jobs and get their lives back on track. How well does it work? Well Sihle and Mzi (the founders of BrothersForAll) are both ex-offenders who have turned their lives around by learning to program, and are now helping others do the same.
Why me? Well I am a Software Engineer who has fallen in love with the concept and people at BrothersForAll, and am just trying to do my bit to help them succeed! When you see 50 children, spending 7 days a week (am-10pm) at the centre in Langa township, learning to code,under the mentorship of the founders, realise not only what true passion is but that this is a cause which will change my South Africa, if not the World.
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Every cent helps keep BrothersForAll runnning, they rely fully on donations to keep the centre open.