Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo is passionate about health education and youth development. He started the non-profit organisation Help Me Up Foundation as a response to the plight of disadvantaged students who struggle to get into institutions of higher learning due to lack of access to information and funding.
Coming from a poor socioeconomic background himself, he was able to further his studies through sponsorships, but knew that this possibility does not exist for all youths with similar backgrounds.
His organisation, founded in 2017, aims to close this gap by helping youth to apply to institutions of higher learning and to find funding opportunities.
Ntlatlapo is now a medical doctor and he says his proudest moment was graduating from medical school and being the first university graduate in his family. He says his career has shaped him into the person he is today. He used to be introverted, but now he’s more open and interacts more openly with people.
Ntlatlapo says: “I want to see more educated young South Africans from all backgrounds working towards improving their lives and of those around them, being leaders in whatever field or position they are in. That way we will know that our nation is in good hands.” He says his background inspires him to do what he does and he hopes people with similar backgrounds can know it’s possible. His advice to them is that things might look impossible and difficult now, but it’s not always going to be like that: “Just keep making sure that you dream big, work hard and smart on those dreams, never forgetting to pray, and keep moving forward. You will be fine.”