Once you experience the satisfaction of making a positive difference in a person’s life, dedicating your free time and resources to non-profit work becomes the obvious decision. Advice Chuma works as a publicist intern at Empire Entertainment and fully embraces his extracurricular charity and community work, something that he holds close to his heart. He’s reached his position through nothing but hard work and passion, and it’s due to the odds he’s faced that he’s an inspiration to his community.
Chuma has been volunteering for a host of non-profit organisations to make sure he can reach as many underprivileged people as possible. He’s a founding member of Swakoteka Foundation, helping students from poor communities with applications for higher education. At the Thusong Youth Centre in Alexandra, Chuma is leading the way in teaching computers to the unemployed, preparing them for job opportunities with computer skills. It’s also at the centre that Chuma does some of his proudest work with Hands of Wisdom, helping to source and facilitate donations to uplift the youth in the community; this was featured on SABC2. “What made it very special was bringing smiles and joy to ordinary people and the respect that I gained from the community,” he explains.
While he understands the importance of his work, Chuma emphasises that his passion for helping gives him constant motivation. It’s vital to find a mentor with the knowledge to help you, he explains, and credits the Get Ready program with helping himself and other youths from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop and find employment. “I want to see young people give back to their communities through skills that they have, and more collective effort in making sustainable relationships between communities and non-profit organisations.”