Nia Van Wyk, a bright young girl born into a multi-national and multi-racial family in Durban South Africa, what has this taught her, you may ask? To respect, love and learn about different cultures, races and traditions.
Nia has excelled since starting her schooling career at Berea Primary, achieving the top performing student in her school every year and receiving the Dux Award in Grade 7. She later joined the Ridge Park College high school, qualifying for a scholarship and once again achieving the highest marks in almost every subject she partakes in and taking the top performing student awards every year. She is now in Grade 10 and is blossoming into a beautiful young women, her peers and teachers supporting and cheering her on as she excels.
She has competed and achieved the some of highest marks in Provincial and National Olympiads in: Mathematics; Physics; Accounting and English, not only against fellow peers in her Grade but in Grades higher than hers, she also recently received a bursary for a Leadership program, in which she has just completed - all before she is 16 years old.
She is also a creative young girl, pouring her sentiments out in her blog since she was 9 years old. Expressing her love for art through her paintings, drawings, poetry and dance. She excels in participation and in leading her Toastmasters team at Ridge Park College whilst finding enjoyment in her Church Youth Group on a Friday and Sunday.
So what does Nia do in her spare time when she gets to be a kid? She listens to K-Pop music and watches Korean movies, shes an avid fan of the Korean performing arts and has self taught herself how to read, write and speak the language, although she does profess to not have mastered this just as yet, but we are sure she will get there soon.
A busy, yet centered and driven young South African girl, that has a dream to travel oversea's. She knows this is not possible through financial avenues her parents may provide. But rather on her own has sought out agencies that assist with Foreign Exchange Programs for South African youth. She has just finished her first Interview with Japan, where they have explained the process and the amount she would need to have access to in order to proceed at the end of this year on this program.
The Program is a Month long and these funds will be used for her travel, accommodation, food etc., Ridge Park has also assured this wont affect her schooling career when she returns.
I know this young girl and I cant help but want her to achieve this goal. I watch on in admiration of the determination, guts and sheer enjoyment she gets in achieving all that she can and still keeping herself centered in her relationships with family, friends, team mates, and God.
Please help me raise funds so that this hard working, talented and bright young girl can achieve her dream.