The 27 year-old Zandile Mgibe from Sandriver Trust in Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province.
Zandile has an Honours Degree in Youth Development from University of Venda. Zandile loves mentoring people and has spent countless hours as a volunteer in various community projects. She will dedicate a year at the Philisani Home Based Care Project having been selected as one of the 20 Vodacom Change the World (CtW) volunteers for the 2017/2018 programme.
She will work as a Child and Youth Developer at the non-profit organisation in Nyongani Trust, outside Hazyview.
The Philisani Hame Based Care Project was started in 1998 and was registered in 2004 by a group of community members of three villages - Sandriver, Nyongane and Shabalala Trust - because of the high rate of HIV/AIDS in the area.
The organisation focuses on agriculture, health, education and social development and provides social services and health care to those living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. , The project also runs after-school programmes where they provide life skills and ICT training to young people and children and provides nutritional foods to vulnerable children.
At the Philisani Home Based Care Project, Zandile plans to help empower children and young people with Information and Communicating Technology (ICT) skills in addition to mentoring learners so that they cope better with their school work.
Zandile says: “I was motivated to apply for the Change the World Programme because I believe I can contribute my skills and academic training to help people. It will give me an opportunity to learn new things and meet different people with different visions.”