A peaceful Easter weekend was followed by a week of hard work, tears and laughter and inspirational stories of hope in Hawston.

From April 18 to 22, the students from the “Be the Difference”- project completed their third module sponsored by the Johann & Gaynor Rupert Foundation. CEFA facilitated the module with its focus on community life and ways to be an active, involved, responsible and caring community member. Topics covered were HIV and AIDS awareness, prevention and management of substance abuse and basic childcare. The serious nature of the content did not prevent our students from having loads of fun with Geduld Veldsman, a Community Development Practitioner from CEFA. Guest speaker Riaan Stoffels inspired the students with his remarkable life story, proof that our choices directly influence our lives. Several guest speakers exposed the students to the world of work and the limitless career opportunities waiting for them. Braam West from the South African Butler School taught the students that to be of service does not make one a servant and that professional conduct and good manners are not only admired by others but are also sought after skills in the labour market. Mkhanyisi Cekiso, a well-known fitness instructor and Mardelyn Montague, owner of her own school in Early Childhood Development showed the students that hard work pays when you follow your dreams and are passionate about what you do. Our students are looking forward to their last module in May where their entrepreneurial spirits will be boosted