As a writer, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer, as a traveller, humanitarian, change-maker, and creator, I have found myself in the midst of Africa. Not physically, but spiritually.
It is through my upbringing, environment, and interactions, that have allowed me the grace to grow into the human that I am (although constantly growing). Who am I? (Photos in the gallery)
Without reading, you can click the links below (preferably the video) and enter a rabbit hole, my rabbit hole, where Alice has taken me into Wonderland, except, in Africa.
My passions run deep within my veins, capturing Africa, our people, our lands, and our stories, however, my purpose flows deeper - to be a physical part of the change we wish to see in the world and to create it.
My tenacious, relentless, untamable, wild and fiery spirit gives me the ability to do what most people cannot, or what most people fear to do - create change. Whether it's for myself or those around me.
The near-death experienced that gave me life.
Due to a recent car accident along my travels, I have had to spend 7 months in recovery with a broken palette and two front teeth (that were lodged into my skull) wired back into my mouth.
The healing process has been successful but unfortunately left me unable to work or travel.
Image after accident : https://web.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1015706118...
At the same time, my car and companion, my Hyundai Atos, was a write-off and has left me traveling by foot.
Image of a car crash: https://web.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1015706650...
I have been recovering on my farm in the community (Durban, Verulam, Oakford) and was approached by an American missionary couple, who asked me to pioneer a project if they provided funding ~ building a new home for Lungile and her son, who is currently living in a dilapidating mud hut.
Since I was unable to work or travel, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to give back, as well as use my healing time wisely.
You can follow the ongoing creation of this spectacular eco-friendly house here (photos, videos, stories):
I have applied for the Road Accident Fund, and have an amazing lawyer working with the documents, but that will take a good year of processing.
I'm in an unfortunate circumstance as
1, I have to stay in Durban until the dental work is complete.
2, My mom, our home, and the ministry, is situated in the community of Oakford, not in the city.
3, I have no transport.
4, My mom uses her car to fetch and carry my 3 adopted siblings from high school, and 3 of the foster kids from creche, and they leave home at 6 am in the morning, returning home by 6.30pm in the evening.
So when I tried to get a freelance job, it became more of an implication than anything else.
As soon as the dental work is done, I can continue with my original form of income, traveling and filming.
But for now, I have 3 months left here.
I am calling out for support to those with an open heart who know my pure intentions.
I am in need of a small number of funds monthly, to pay for my minimal expenses until the dentist work is complete and I am able to leave Durban to continue with my creative freelancing.
These are my necessities:
Toiletries, food, petrol (when borrowing mum's car) and additional expenses.
I am in need of another R11,000 for the completion of my dentist payments.
I will only receive the Road Accident Fund money within the next year or two, (I have a phenomenal lawyer processing my statements).
So if you feel moved to donate towards this specific fund, I will be able to pay it back if you wish.
As a white female, I grew up in an orphanage for abandoned babies, as my mother is a Christian Missionary and followed her calling to make a change by giving these beautiful children a second chance at life.
I currently have 3 adopted African siblings, who thrive on every level.
We live out in the rural farmlands of Oakford, Verulam, allowing my mother and her phenomenal team, to work with the community members in various ways, from the youngsters to the elderly, from feedings, computer training, and Bible study, to the children's recreational center and giving care packages to the new mothers in the local government hospital, Osindisweni.
Images and videos of my family and our story can be found in the film competition video below.
1. (2016) Winner of an international film competition, Stories Lived, Category - Personal Passions:
(A film about my mother and her life's work as a missionary)
2. (2016) Phumie Ndlovu's house (from the rural community) almost collapsed on her and her 2 children.
I individually sourced every single piece of material needed to build her house.
I fundraised money to pay for the labor to build the house.
I gathered over 150 people from the Durban community to take part in this project, whether it was a financial donation towards paying for the bricks or sponsoring the physical resources needed, one by one, brick by brick, we build Phumi a new home.
A short video of the individuals involved and the building process:
The write up:
3. Various newspapers have written some beautiful articles on these ventures.
Phumie's brick house:
The completed project:
4. (2019) Building an eco-friendly earth home (Super Adobe) home for Lungile Nqcobo):
4. (2019) Motivation speaker at the Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Awards ceremony:
I am so grateful for the support I have received in the past few months from various individuals who believe in me. I have been so abundantly blessed.
I am reaching out for support to get me through the last 3 months of this season.
Thank you for your time, your interest, and your shared love.