Empowering young women. Personal development through education.

Campaigns like #feesmustfall demonstrate that higher education remains prohibitively expensive for the majority of South African students. We have many examples of young women who are academically-competent but forced to stay at home while they apply for funding or entry level jobs in order to earn an income to pay for their education. This causes frustration and unnecessary delays for their educational attainment and personal development. 

The majority of our beneficiaries are the first in their families to complete Grade 12 - let alone enrol at university. In addition to financial constraints, the lack of positive role models and academic mentors, within families and the broader community, is the main reason for high university drop-out rates. Through fundraising, we have funded the full undergraduate costs of young women in the following fields: Education, Law, Computer Science, Sociology, Accounting, Civil Engineering and Biological Science. Read their stories on Our Graduates page. We are passionate about supporting young women to make uninterrupted transitions from high school, to university and ultimately the world of work. We circulate various bursary and work opportunities on Facebook and Twitter.

Tertiary education is prohibitively expensive and young women who are academically-competent are forced to stay at home while they apply for funding or jobs in order to earn an income to pay for their education. This causes frustration and unnecessary delays for their personal development. Financial constraints are the main reason for the low enrolment and high drop-out rates at university. We fundraise for sponsorship that covers tuition, textbooks, accommodation, a laptop and living allowance for any undergraduate degree. All of our beneficiaries are first-geneneration graduates. We are passionate about seeing young women make uninterrupted transitions from high school, to university and ultimately the world of work.

Deutsche Bank has been sponsoring Nosfundo Majozi and Palesa Phora in full since 2011. Nosfundo completed her B.Ed at the University of Johannesburg. Palesa completed her BA(Law) at Wits University and is currently reading for her LLB. Deutsche Bank's financial assistance also includes mentoring by the bank's top female executives. Rinkie Leshilo is pursuing her BA(Health Science) at UNISA through full support from Deutsche Bank and Ms. Kholeka Tsotsotso.

Dr. Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa sponsored Nompumelelo Malindi in full since 2012. Nompumelelo now holds a BCom from North-West University as a result.

 

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