Read below for inspiring testimonials from our former scholarhip students and parents.
Mikhail Hendricks – Matric 2013
I have reached the end of a high school career that could give any current day soap-opera a run for its money. Of all my years of schooling, it is the past three that stand out at the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology with the support and guidance of SAILI.
I started my journey with SAILI’s scholarship programme for students in Grade 10, a few weeks after commencing studies at the Academy. I joined the program with high hopes and expectations and was motivated to honour my side of the deal. All the staff collectively provided the much needed financial, emotional and educational support that I needed at that particular time in my life.
What stood out for me then and still does now was the emotional support I received from SAILI.
My home situation was not of the best and matters just worsened when my grandmother passed on, in the beginning of my grade 11 year. Her sudden passing took me by surprise and completely threw me off course. When I couldn’t be in a classroom, I made the visit to the SAILI offices where I received counselling and motivation. When I made ill-thought out decisions that would have completely changed the path I’m currently on, it was Sam who came all the way to the Mitchell’s Plain area to provide the parental guidance that was so lacking. It was at SAILI that I met a family of students that braved similar situations to my own, which proved to be a great motivation. And it was the belief SAILI had in me that made me believe in myself and my capabilities. There was honour in calling myself a SAILI scholar.
Thinking of all that has happened and all that SAILI has done for me, I honestly think a ‘Thank You’ is not enough. The money, time and efforts this organisation invested in me is beyond measure. I am feeling eternally indebted to the organisation, its sponsors and all those that help make it a success.
My plan for the near future is to commence my studies in the field of law; it is a passion I ironically developed whilst at the Academy. On completion of my studies, it is my hope to roll up my sleeves and help fight the injustices that still exist in our democratic society. It is my ambition to continue the work of our freedom-loving forebears and inspire change in our country that is currently plagued with endemic corruption and ever-growing inequality. This decision was indeed inspired by the selfless contributions SAILI has made to better my life.
Yours in Gratitude,
A vote of thanks from one of our matriculating families
My son, Mustafah Darries, was fortunate to be awarded a SAILI student scholarship for high school in 2009, covering his fees, uniform, text books and stationery. Imagine the relief we felt knowing that our son would be receiving a good education, which we ordinarily would not be able to afford.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the many opportunities afforded him.
Not only was he supported financially, but he also received practical assistance in how to approach his academics as well as moral support to develop into a well-rounded, responsible individual.
As a family, we have experienced various challenges during our association with SAILI. To be able to sleep at night without worrying about whether we would be able to keep our son in the school of our choice was a great relief.
The SAILI staff was always ready to lend an ear when we felt overwhelmed with the normal challenges of adolescence. They ensured that Mustafah’s needs were being addressed and met wherever possible. SAILI willingly arranging extra tuition when needed at no cost to us. They arranged valuable outings, assisting the learners with resources to further education.
Mustafah was exposed to so many opportunities that he would have never even dreamed about without SAILI. I hope that he will be a worthy ambassador for SAILI in the future and carry the name proudly wherever he goes.
I want to thank SAILI and everyone associated with the organisation from the bottom of my heart. May your light continue to shine in the darkest corners of the communities who need it most. To Sam and Kath, I say ‘BIG UP’, and to the staff who have gone, viz Liz and Garreth, may they be making waves wherever they are.
From an eternally grateful parent,