THIS IS MY DREAM AND I WILL MAKE IT WORK
By: Mhleli Mkhize
“We are all given different gifts and this was my calling. I could feel it inside, this is my dream, and I will make it work,” said Thembelani Mdunge, a young visionary man from
Mdunge (28), has carried on leaving a huge mark in his community through the work of giving children a pair of shoes to wear.
Mdunge went to Emaxuliwini Primary School for his lower grades and later went to Sikhethuxolo where he did his higher grades.
Sadly after matriculating he couldn’t afford school fees for institutions, which led him to working for few years to get money. It is only after he saved up that he managed to prepare
Very confident Mdunge said, “I saw progress in my life, it made me believe that if I can do it then anyone can do it.”
Mdunge mentioned that seeing children who no shoes, made him to first consider helping out others.
He decided to put a helping hand in some schools around the Hammarsdale community with the very little resources he had.
Underlined on what he had seen in the community he decided to formulate a project aimed at giving back to the community to children from underprivileged schools.
The project is called “Thembelani Shoe Project” and has been running for the past two years.
Mdunge mentioned that some of he’s challenges has been getting business people to give a
hand in this project.
Apart from the shoe project Mdunge has participated in numerous activities in his community one of them being crowned Mr. Hammarsdale 2014 to 2015 along with Fundisiwe Khoza
who was crowned Miss Hammarsdale.
Mdunge said that the general public was also a part of this. He has done his best in trying to get people to reach out in his project, with the use of community radio stations, flyers, and
Gloria Shabangu, a class teacher for the grade three at Okhozini Primary School said that they are really touched by what this gentlemen is doing, he brings joy and love to the school
he doesn’t owe anything.
With everyone having purposes, duties and objectives, Mdunge’s was that in ten years from now he achieves more support from everyone.
“God has plans about all of us and I think that Mdunge’s purpose has been revealed and that is touching lives of many young people,” said Nkanyiso Sithole “Jobe” a friend and member
of the shoe project
Lwandiso Khumalo (10) from Intando primary school said, “We are really grateful for the helping hand uncle Mdunge gives to our school, God bless him.”
Mdunge’s favorite song that he sees as a best description of his project is “Heal the world, by Michael Jackson”.
“Work should never stop, caring for the unprivileged should be a continuous thing that should be done by everyone because we all can,” said Mdunge.
Mdunge wishes to have more projects, which will carry on assisting and educating young people.