Bokamoso Youth Foundation: The Future Begins Here

Young People Are the Bokamoso

Prince Mnigelo Tlou

"The power of the mind is not to manufacture an idea but to make it possible."

I am 22 years old, a 2008 high school graduate, and I live in a remote community called Kromkuil about one hour and 15 minutes away from the Winterveldt community and the Bokamoso Centre. This distance may seem like a long road to walk to reach the Centre but walking it is just a small price to pay for my success. I am glad that I walk this distance to reach the Centre because it gives me reason to work harder for what I want in life.

I joined Bokamoso on the February 14 (Valentine’s Day), 2011 and I’ve been in love with the program ever since. What makes me stay and attend Bokamoso programs? Is it the love and chance to unlock my true potential that intrigues me? It’s a place where one opens the locked doors of their skills; where one gets to enrich their knowledge. It is really a place of hope, where the youth feel sheltered and accepted. That’s what makes me wake up every day at 5am and walk the long distance to reach the Centre. At the end of my walk, I benefit in mind and spirit.

I live with my Grandmother and Aunt and two cousins. My Grandmother is the breadwinner for the family and she really works hard to provide for the four of us. My Mom passed away when I was fifteen and I have lived without motherly love ever since. I have healed and come to accept the truth of how people who leave us actually open other doors of endless opportunity. I feel like my Mom opened a door and provided for great things to come to my way.

My goal in life is to become an attorney. I am trying to achieve that goal through the support of a scholarship from Bokamoso. It is a privilege to be awarded the scholarship because there are alot of youth with high potential who attend Bokamoso, yet the program cannot provide scholarships for everyone who attends. Winterveldt is full of talented youth and I hope they will get to realize their dreams and goals one day through the help of Bokamoso.