“Towards the end of high school, I’d considered studying either nursing or business admin, but I couldn’t get into university or college because my maths results weren’t good enough, and I couldn’t get financial aid because I am a foreigner.”
“Most of my life was spent growing up in Lotus River. It’s a troubled community with lots of challenges most specifically crime and drugs which are big problems there. Like many poor neighbourhoods, we had a lot to deal with.”
“I grew up in Kewtown – Athlone. I was a withdrawn child, growing up in a rough environment. As a young boy, I realised that I wanted to be different and I aspired not to live in the same ways others in the community lived. I had big dreams to travel the world.
“I was born into a world of bullets – Manenberg on the Cape Flats. It is one of South Africa’s most notorious hotspots for gang violence. Scores of innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire between rival gangs daily.”
From despondency to planning to buy her first home, Kirsten has turned her life around through the opportunity she has received in the Life Choices Academy. Twelve months of a coding learnership has changed Kirsten’s attitude and lifestyle.