From shack to first year pass at Wits

Carryou Ministry General Manager, Reverend Lawrence Mabaso addressing the class of 2016. Photo: Submitted

Carryou Ministry has for years been dedicated to uplifting and assisting learners to become the best they can be.

It is their goal to help learners realise their full potential to grow up and lead successful lives.

At their two drop-in centres in Toekomsrus and Elandsvlei, learners and children are given a healthy cooked meal daily, and trained Carryou Ministry staff are available to help learners with their homework and problems that may arise at school.

Carryou Ministries founder, Pam Jamison, Samuel Masebe and Carryou Ministry General Manager, Reverend Lawrence Mabaso, all pleased as Punch that Samuel passed his first year at university. Photo: Submitted

“It was with great joy that we met with some of the youngsters who wrote and passed their matric exams last year. The purpose of the meeting was to see what they planned to do with their lives and how Carryou could help them further,” said Carryou Ministry General Manager, Reverend Lawrence Mabaso.

Over the years, the Ministry, with the help of generous American sponsors coordinated by Sue Heywood, has provided a number of matriculants with financial aid for their studies. Some of these youngsters have completed their university degrees and are now productive members of society who give back to the community.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors and very proud of the youngsters who grasped the opportunities given them,” Lawrence said.

He took time during the meeting to brief the matriculants on the power of vision and planning, in order to become successful.

“You must first have a firm vision of what you want to do in life and how you can serve people. Then formulate a plan of exactly what steps you need to take, and set time-related goals to achieve those steps. You must know what is required and map out exactly what must be done to get there. Carryou will do what it can to help you, but in the end it is your life, and your responsibility, and you will have to knuckle down and put in the effort.”

Samuel Masebe, 23, was used as an example of a success story. Samuel is a young man who grew up in a shack in Elandsvlei, who successfully completed the first year of his degree at Wits University last year.

“He is an example to all of us,” Lawrence humbly said.

Samuel then thanked Carryou for all the resources they have used to get him to where he is now.

“I couldn’t have achieved what I have without them. They kept encouraging me and provided financial assistance while I waited for a bursary to be approved. When the bursary came through there was still a shortfall and Carryou’s American donors stepped up and helped. I can hardly describe how grateful I am!” Samuel said.

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