Greetings friends of Mawisa and welcome to yet another installment of Entertainment Dose with Mawisa, your premium portal to all things lifestyle.
Well this time around we’re speaking to Kgomotso Nyalongu from Kgomotso Children Centre, a non-profit organization helping vulnerable and orphaned kids including the youth(from the age of 4 to 18 years) of Soshanguve and its surrounding areas. She will be telling us more about the recently held ‘Who I am’ seminar, where I was a guest speaker.
Stay with us to find out more about Kgomotso’s Nyalungo community work.
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Q. Welcome to @Tsa_Pitori Online Magazine, how Are You?
A. I’m well and thanks for having me.
Q. Please kindly tell us about your work?
A. I work as a community leader. I’m the founder of Kgomotso Children Centre, also working as program manager. My duty is to manage 15 caregivers and over 350 children and youth who are registered to KCC, I also motivate young boys and girls. I also provide counseling sessions with the victims of any kind of situation they face
Q. With that said kindly take us through your daily routine at KCC?
A. I normally start my day by having a morning prayer with my 9 caregivers, then it’s off to my office check their daily tasks, do administration like emails and writing proposals. Around 1 its lunch then the real work begins when kids arrive around 2. We then do our activities based on the days’ time table. We have English classes on Mondays, Tuesdays it’s Sports and Games, Wednesdays we have Life Orientation and Counseling sessions(either group sessions or one on one), Thursdays we have Mathematics classes, Friday its Arts and Culture, Saturdays we have Computer and Sports or Arts. After each program we provide them with a meal.
Q. Can you kindly take us through the recently held ‘Who I Am Seminar’ hosted by Asina Valo LGBTI Movement?
A. Asina Valo LGBTI is a new project that I founded after an experience of working with kids since 2007, as well as hosting seminars for boys and girls separately, I work with kids who have different genders(LGBTI(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex)) and feel excluded and it became my burden to help them regardless of the gender differences. I made a vow to help all kids as I believe I was born to lead not discriminate. The Asina Valo project is my way of supporting them emotionally and educationally, also fighting discrimination, judgment, punishment and rejection among these young kids and we let the youth
participate to assist them to discover who they are.
Q. What was the aim of the ‘Who I Am Seminar’?
A. The aim was to launch it. Make LGBTI activists know that there is a place they can run to for help and support. To unite all LGBTI and form one body and assist each other with info and empower each other.
Q. Please share with us some of the challenges you came across with your team, when organizing this event.
A. Personally my team was amazing. They did what was expected of them, they enjoyed planning the event. Only challenge was I had to finance the event from my pocket which I don’t mind as it is for a good cause. Everything went accordingly and I’m proud of them for their cooperation
Q. When is the next seminar and what’s the topic?
A. 25 March is our next seminar, the topic is Sports Against Discrimination Tournament I believe you(@Mawisa) will be there to score 6 goals.
Q. What keeps you going as the head of KCC and with that said where do you draw inspiration from to head KCC?
A. What keeps me going is prayer and all that happened to me at the age of 8 as I was sexually abused, so when I think about it I can’t give up because I don’t want to fail other kids because I can relate to their situation. I draw inspiration from a movie called Sarafina especially the lead actress Leleti Khumalo as “Sarafina” no matter how tough her situation she kept going, the part I love the most in the movie is when she stood in the mirror and said to herself “Sarafina one day you will be a star” those words have built the woman I am today. No matter what happened to me I’m a star, even LGBTI are stars.
Q. Words of encouragement to those that look up to you and your work?
A. My words are that they must never determine their future based on the conditions they were born in or from all bad things that happened to them. Always shine and tell yourself I’m a star.
Social Platforms/Booking Info
Facebook: Kgomotso Children Centre
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One would ask why I did this article, well we all know I’m a gay personality and such work touches my heart, with the work I do for the community to engage about such issues. Hence I took upon myself to cover the ‘Who I Am’ seminar which is an ongoing seminar aimed at enriching and educating the straight community about the LGBTI community at large.