My name is Nqobile Dube and I am currently pursuing an honors degree in law at the University of Zimbabwe. I became a beneficiary of the Kalai Foundation during the second term of my Form 6 at Binga High School in 2010. Kalai Foundation paid for my cousin and I`s tuition and exam fees for the remainder of the year. The blessing could not have come at a better time. I was living with my cousin and his little brother at the time. My cousin is a nurse and he was having difficulties in paying the tuition and exam fees for both myself and his young brother from his meagre salary. A man came to our school accompanied by our Senior Master and announced that they were looking for applicants for the Kalai Scholarship. My cousin and I applied for the scholarship along with a few others from my class. Amongst other things I indicated that both my parents were unemployed and divorced. After a few days, I was happy when I was informed that my request had been granted and I was now amongst the beneficiaries of Kalai Foundation.
That year I studied diligently, without the stress of owing the school any money for fees. This allowed me to put maximum effort and concentration in my studies. That year, I obtained 15 points and became the first student from my school and in the entire Matabeleland North province to ever achieve 15 points in three subjects. My achievement was recognized with a Merit Award for academic excellence from the District Education Office and from the Province. The greatest award I won was the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship, a scholarship for the 3 best female and 2 best male students at O and A level per province in the country. The scholarship has thus been paying for my fees and accommodation amongst other things at the University of Zimbabwe since 2011. All the achievements I obtained could not have been possible without the timely intervention of Kalai Foundation.
No words can describe my gratitude to the sponsors and founders of Kalai Foundation. They made it possible for me to fulfill my dreams of becoming one of the best lawyers in Zimbabwe. It was a great fortune to meet with one of the directors of the Kalai Foundation, Dominic Muntanga in Harare one day. The man has been and continues to be an inspiration to me in terms of his dedication to the upliftment of people from poverty through education and mentorship. He taught me the valuable lesson that true success is measured by the number of people you bless. I have since also dedicated my life to replicating the results in my life in other people`s lives. I have since 2012 organized and career guidance and motivation sessions to more than 100 000 students in all provinces of the country. At every school I go to, I tell the story of how in one of the most neglected regions of the country I managed to become one of the best students of the country and how they can also rise above their personal circumstances and become great. To Kalai Foundation, I say thank you.