Bokamoso Youth Foundation: The Future Begins Here

Young People Are the Bokamoso

Mpho Lovely Manganye

I am a 21 years old. I was born and raised in Winterveldt. I have a sister and she is 24 years old. I live with my grandparents because where I live is near by Bokamoso. I am not living with my mother because it's far from Bokamoso; I have to catch 2 taxis to go to Bokamoso, that is one of the reasons why I am living with my grandparents.

My uncle Philimon was attending at Bokamoso, and he benefited a lot from the centre. He studied Marketing Management at Vine College. He is the person who introduced me to Bokamoso. When I got to the centre I thought “wow, I am in the right place” because I like to sing and dance.

I joined the Adolescent Development Program, and that is where I started building my future, in a sense of knowing what I can do with my life and to know where I am going. I started in February 2010. I have learned a lot and have high self-esteem. I graduated in April 2010 and I got the certificate. Then I joined Love Life, and became a peer leader, which I really like doing because I am going to different schools to teach students about HIV/AIDS, Teenage pregnancy, STI’s, and to prevent themselves fro getting infected.

I also got scholarship from Bokamoso, and am currently studying Policing at the University Of South Africa. I really appreciate all the help that Bokamoso is giving to me and other students at the centre. Bokamoso really changed my life from better to best. It has built my confidence, and helps a lot of the youth around our community to be what they want to be in life and it's place of safety.

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