Abdulkadry Mntambo came onto the Foundation Board because volunteering has been my passion since growing up as a child in Tanzania. Bokamoso is helping South African youth in one of the most diverse countries in the continent.
Nontando Mzayifani joined the Foundation because it aims to serve under privileged youth in her mother country, South Africa. She wants to do her part with a sense of purpose and to help others through her financial skills.
Chioma Okafor is a Nigerian American global health professional with 10 years of public health experience. She joined the Foundation due to her passion for gender equality and youth empowerment.
Bokamoso alumna Mpho Mokoena talks about her experiences during the January 2020 Cultural Exchange visit to the United States.
Brian Alewine, St Andrew’s class of ‘22, designs and sells distinctive Christmas ornaments. He used the proceeds from the sale of these ornaments to support the Bokamoso Life Centre. His entrepreneurship coupled with his connection to a group of young South Africans has enriched both of their lives.
While visiting the United States, Bokamoso students stay with St. Andrew’s host families. This home-stay experience provides a supportive environment and an opportunity for mutual cross-cultural understandings. Host families are flexible, open-minded and have a child who is currently a student at St. Andrew’s. Host families come from varied economic, religious, and racial backgrounds.
What are the benefits of hosting a Bokamoso youth?
Listen as Cynthia Seymour (Host Mom) and Mpho Tsotetsi (Bokamoso Guest) talk about their experiences
“Young people in more affluent situations think, ‘I missed this opportunity, but another will come along.’ In our community, we realize Bokamoso is a big opportunity that may not come my way again” – Bokamoso Graduate
Produced and filmed by Kenny Mdluli, Bokamoso alumnus and independent film-maker – Thou Arts Productions
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool spoke at the 2014 Bokamoso Youth performance at George Washington University about the powerful role youth hold in the world.
You can transcend your circumstances and the future is waiting and that is the significance of this partnership between a remote township called Winterveldt and this global capital called Washington, DC. – Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Jan 2014
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