SSS learner helping the less fortunate

Kinisha opens her heart

12 July 2019 | Education

Kinisha Evenson





Kinisha Evenson is a grade 11 learner currently at Swakopmund Secondary School. She moved to Swakopmund this year from a small town called Usakos.

Growing up she witnessed how many kids could not attend school due to financial problems or the lack of school uniforms, books and stationery. Seeing this made her realize that she has to create a change in these children’s lives, one child at a time. She believes that we all have the right to education regardless of one’s financial status.

“If one is to put themselves in their shoes, they would be feeling broken and hopeless, because education is supposed to be their way out of poverty ,but now that privilege is also taken from them,” she said. Evenson feels that this is because cause of their financial issues and other burdens. She further added that it is now time to give these less fortunate children what they deserve, which is education. For this to be made possible Kinisha needs all the support she can get to help these kids. She has started an organization; Say yes to Education Foundation (SYEF) which aims to take as many kids out of the streets and back to school.

Any form of donations will highly be appreciated no matter how small or big as long as we help these kids back into school.

How SYEF was founded

“I met two boys aged (5 and 12), who live with their parents on a farm since they are employed on the farm,” Evenson explained. She spoke to them the first day she met them and they were really sweet, kind and crept into her heart before she knew it. She first spoke with the younger one first who spoke a mixture of Damara and Afrikaans. “I later gave him a dollar (N$1.00) and he immediately portrayed a bright smile and ran to his father to show off what he got from me,” said Evenson. She then approached with the older and what he told her broke her heart. He is 12 years old, has never gone to school and he can’t speak English properly nor can he even write his own name. “He told me that he really yearns to go to school and has hopes of becoming a police officer,” Evenson said.

Through this experience she decided to be the change that our community needs.

The Aims of the SYEF are to help as many kids as possible, to make sure that all kids are well fed and to get as many children in school.

Currently there are no members, she only has supporters but over time there will be members who will join her cause.

She is also planning to go to the DRC (informal settlement of Swakopmund) at the end of this month to hand over a few donated items and to also see how many kids she can help to get them back to school. With God’s grace, she believes this will be possible.

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