When I walked into the ladies' room this morning at the Genesis Youth Center I noticed a small figure standing in front of the mirror. She was whispering in very broken English, which made me curious, and I strained to hear what this young woman was saying. As I listened I realized she was trying to memorize material from our Genesis Work 4 a Living ministry. Obviously she had a test and was trying her hardest to make sense of the business and work place conduct concepts she had been taught earlier in the week.
I looked at her and smiled, and she gave me a look of concern laced with fatigue. It was clear she felt in over her head. She must have left home in the wee hours of the morning to make sure she was on time for class. There was an hour before her class was supposed to start, so I asked her to sit down with me for a while.
Her name is Nokulunga Mhlongo, and she is 24-years-old. She walks 3 kilometers from her home in a community named, "Jesus," to attend the Genesis Work 4 a Living program. She graduated from high school several years ago, but has never been able to find employment. Nokulunga came to the us seeking change, only employment can offer her.
"My neighbor told me that Genesis Work 4 a Living is excellent at helping people find jobs," Nokulunga said. "I came so I can be taught how to impress employers when I take them my C.V."
She lives at home with her mother, two older sisters, and her grandmother. Her mother, who works at a local garment factory, is the employed family member. With only her mother's meager wages, Nokulunga's family is desperate for another income to sustain the household. This young girl is optimistic about her ability to get a job using the skills she is learning in the 2-week Work 4 a Living program.
"I have learned if you are looking for a job you must be positive. Also, you must wear certain clothes and I have learned how to greet properly," Nokulunga said. "I have also learned how to manage my time and how I must be professional at work."
Nokulunga sees Genesis Work 4 a Living not only as a potential solution to her immediate problems, but as a stepping stone to help her achieve her life long dreams. If money and circumstance were not factors she dreams of one day becoming a scientist. It is her plan to get a job, and be able to make enough money to where she can further her studies and achieve her dreams. She is interested in chemicals and how they mix together to make something new. Perhaps with just the right mixture of hard work and this opportunity, Nokulunga will be able to make something entirely new, and beautiful out of her life.
Nokulunga is just one of hundreds of men and woman who come through the Genesis Work 4 a Living doors each year. This is a not for profit ministry, and is need of immediate sponsors to help keep the program running in 2017. Everyone at Genesis Youth believes in this ministry, which has been positively impacting our communities. If you would like further information on how you may sponsor a student or make a financial contribution please email me at email@example.com.
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