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    I didn’t accept my financial situation

    Ruth Ana Airosa’s finances were a mess. Although she was studying, her grades were consistently getting worse. She felt as though she wouldn’t finish her studies and didn’t see a future for herself. Nevertheless, today she is working in her dream field. WHAT AFFECTED YOUR STUDIES? ‘My life was predominantly clubbing. I used to go […]

    a really good pay rise, challenges of faith, the wrong people,

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    An unbearable pain

    ‘The more I moved the more pain I would feel. I found it extremely hard to sleep as I couldn’t lie down in the same way as before because my breasts would hurt a lot. The pain increased to the point that I couldn’t bear it anymore. After a visit to the GP, I was […]

    able to sleep properly, difficult and emotional period,

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    Hooked!

    ‘My parents were on the brink of divorce. The constant arguments and tensions at home drove me away. I spent more time on the streets with the wrong crowd, only to get away from the unbearable atmosphere at home.’ As Kelson got older, he distanced himself further from others and cocooned himself in his own world. […]

    a positive attitude to life, I wanted to change, the wrong crowd,

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    ‘You’ll never amount to anything’

    ‘It was hard to accept that I could have a better life. In my early teens, I was always getting into trouble. I was an angry child; I didn’t believe that anyone or anything could help. I became dependent on cigarettes for a period of two years which later led to thyroid problems. I’m not sure […]

    a bigger and better picture, a deep sadness, loved and respected,

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    I am a single father; would you marry me?

    ‘I had just ended a relationship and I was dipping in and out of meaningless hook-ups with numerous women. I was a womaniser to say the least and did not value marriage. I would use various online platforms to meet women just to sleep with them. As a result, at the age of 18 I […]

    fear of rejection, open and honest, we were both afraid,

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    A peaceful home

    Bevincia Semper experienced some tragic events growing up which marked her tremendously; one day, as she was walking home, she was sexually assaulted by a boy in her area and from that day she developed a strong hatred towards men. To make matters worse, on her younger brother’s birthday, a day when she was excited to […]

    hurts of the past, I had no peace, Little by little,

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    Loud outside, but insecure inside?

    Like others who use a ‘loud and outgoing’ persona to mask underlying insecurities, Naomi sought validation from her peers: ‘I’d be so reckless,’ she says regretfully, ‘that I would put myself in danger in a number of occasions. I wanted to hang around people who were loud, the life of the party and even some who […]

    a number of occasions, at peace with myself, They really believed in me,

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    But I’m too young to have Cancer

    ‘In January last year, I noticed a slight change of shape of my breast then I felt a lump, I rapidly went to see my GP and it was confirmed that I did in fact have a lump about the size of a golf ball.’ A week later, Pamela had an emergency mammogram and biopsy. She […]

    a strong mindset, God always made me stronger, the longest ones of her life,

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    From being POOR to being a MILLIONAIRE

    Chippa lived in a shack in Nyanga, a township in Cape Town, South Africa. He was barely able to provide for his family and at the worst of times, he had to beg for food just to have something to put on the table. ‘I felt like I was stuck in life. I attended the Universal […]

    an innovative idea, the worst of times, This was hard to hear,

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    I was made to shine

    ‘Happiness seemed always out of my reach. I spent my days pitying myself and envying those who seemingly had what I wanted. I put on an “everything’s fine” front, but inside a deep sadness engulfed my entire being. The absence and lack of involvement of my father as a child left me yearning for more […]

    a new beginning, I felt extremely alone, I was filled with life,

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