The Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) lies at the heart of Chatsworth, and in many ways is *the* heart of Chatsworth, as it houses our most vulnerable people - old, physically and mentally unwell, abused women and orphaned children.
This particular fundraiser is meant to assist the orphaned children in particular. Inspired by a quote by Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi in her interview with Trevor Noah, where she stated that the Title allowed her the opportunity to foster generational wealth for her family, I thought about what could be the best way I could assist those less fortunate in doing the same. Generational wealth is what would even the playing field for so many previously disadvantaged people in the country, and the oldest, and in my opinion, best way of doing just that is by getting an education.
Whilst the children in the ABH do attend state school (growing up I had peers who resided in the Home), they very much do not have the support their classmates receive. Even in Chatsworth, It's common to attend private tuition on tougher subjects, especially in the 12th and final grade, which is pricey and definitely not affordable to students who live in the ABH. Aside from that, I recall most of my friends purchasing study aid material in high school, which allows for independent study and can be quite helpful if you need help catching up on concepts you may not have grasped in the classroom, especially if English is not your home language.
Most students in Chatsworth get access to both these options (admittedly not easily, and at great sacrifice to their parents/guardians), but the children at ABH receive neither of those options. So to try and even the playing field for these students and give them the best chance they can in getting into tertiary education, and hopefully potentially changing their lives for good, I thought for Christmas I'd purchase some study guides for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 and leave them at the Home, and I'd like to invite you to aid in this initiative! The more study guides purchased, the more students who can benefit from them, and hopefully, the more lives that can potentially be changed!
I've contacted the ABH and they like the idea and have said there are about 30 students in grade 10-12 at the home and the subjects they will need assistance in is physics, maths and accounting. I then contacted a local book store and they said they can do a 10% discount, and the guides should cost between R120 - R150 (about £6 - £8).
I'm just a student, and unfortunately there's a limit to how much I can financially help right now, so I thought I'd reach out to all my wonderful friends and family, knowing that together, we can do so much more! I know the Festive Season is an expensive one, but if you could spare anything towards this initiative, I'll appreciate it, but I imagine the kids at the ABH would appreciate it all the more. I couldn't fathom how it must feel to not have someone backing your dreams, but this gesture may just do that for them. And we all know that believing in someone can truly be the fuel that drives them!
If you would like to learn more about the Home and the work they do, please visit https://abh.org.za/
Thank you so much for reading and helping!