One fundamental aspect of Our Moon’s work is the one-to-one mentoring support we offer to our scholars through their A-Level studies and university applications. Not only does this help them feel valued and empowered, but it increases the support they receive in applying to higher education. In this week’s blog we introduce you to two of them, Nelisa and David, and hear what motivates them to do what they do.
Nelisa Nchimunya Tebeka is a life sciences student, social entrepreneur and counsellor, originally from Chipata, Zambia, she currently lives in Bremen, Germany. As a mentor, she guides students to meet the requirements of a study abroad scholarship and motivates them with their studies. She says she sees their social and personal development as equally important, and particularly encourages them to get involved with extracurricular activities.
So Nelisa, why do you believe Our Moon’s work is important?
This work is so important because it gives an opportunity for young Zambians with a passion for education to further their studies in an environment that will enable them to think holistically. This is with the hope that they will one day return to their home countries and apply insights towards aiding the development and sustainability of the country.
And who inspires you in your work?
At a very personal level, my mum. She is my wonder woman who has fought many tough battles in her life that made her come out stronger from one battle, ready for the next. She is my hero!
Outside of work, what hobbies do you enjoy?
Travelling to new places, learning how to cook new recipes and experiencing things I have never done before in my life. My ideal weekend would be spend catching up with my favourite TV shows and inviting friends over for a home cooked meal!
David Mtonga is originally from Lusaka, Zambia, and is now an Electrical and Electronics Engineering student at Brighton University. He has been volunteering as an Our Moon mentor since the charity’s inception! He describes his role as offering educational guidance emotional support and help with students’ university applications. He himself was once a student at Hillcrest, the school we work with closely, and so he is able to impart his experience of the school to the students he works with.
Why is Our Moon’s work important to you David?
Because education changes lives – the vision of Our Moon breaks down the barrier to changing lives.
What do you hope to contribute to Our Moon?
To motivate students so they see the importance of higher education.
What change do you hope Our Moon can make?
To relieve poverty – that’s the ultimate change.
Who inspires you?
Steve Jobs. He shows how important perseverance and passion is to success.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Nelisa and David, for the fantastic work that they do. If you would like to know more about how you could get involved as a volunteer at Our Moon drop an email to email@example.com.