Are you a youth and making a positive impact in your community? Become the youth of the month by featuring on our Inspirational web page. This entry is open to all youth from any country in Africa. Narrate your story in not more than 500 words and email it to the Editorial team. Your story should be accompanied with some evidence of your work in pictorial format, video, or even a weblink and also a referee who should not be related to you.
Mukhethwa Raphulu was born on the 5th of January 1996 and was raised at Tshiozwi village, Limpopo, South Africa. He attended his primary at Mukhudwane primary school and passed his matric at Maneledzi secondary school in 2014. He lost his mother when he was only 6 years old. He was raised by his brothers and sisters until when he was twelve years when he left their family house to stay with his auntie Martha Davhana. Mukhethwa’s tuition fees came from a foster care grant that he got from the government as his siblings could not afford. Mukhethwa who only got to know his biological father as a teenager barely experienced the bond that many children feel when they are raised by both parents.
His childhood was full of struggles. He vividly recalls moments when things were tough and nights when he had to sleep on an empty stomach. But all that never stopped him from pursuing his destiny and it’s no surprise that today he is the founder of a growing Non-Profit Organisation that reaches out to children who are going through the same experiences that he encountered as a child. In mid-August 2015 he registered a Non- Profit Organisation. The Organisation is called THE CARE GIVERS, and its core objective is to show tender loving care through donating food, clothes, and cosmetics to the orphans and those who are victims of poverty. This organization also helps students from high schools in rural areas with career exhibitions.
On the 18 of July 2016 Mukhethwa and his companions helped a grandmother who lives alone with no one to take care of her, they renovated her home by cleaning the yard, raising a new fence, painting her RDP house and making a shack that she could use for cooking. They also donated a bed, fence, paint, and other necessities. Mukhethwa is a humble, caring, loving and dedicated young man. He hopes to become a Public Relations officer upon completion of his studies.