Student with passion to help others

Siyasibulela Kepe

Passionate about uplifting those around him, a University of Fort Hare (UFH) accounting postgraduate has Siyasibulela Kepe, 24, launched the Kepe Foundation with a dream to lend a helping hand to those in need.

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) accounting postgraduateSiyasibulela Kepe, 24, who hails from Cala in the Transkei, said the foundation ran sports days, tutoring sessions and motivational tours at under-resourced schools in and around Buffalo City.

“I started helping others with homework and this spilled over into bigger events., such as like beauty pageants and sports days. I wanted to make others see their value and that they can contribute something because I believe we all have talent and potential. When I came to East London to study, I wanted to continue my pursuit of pursuing this passion and that’s when I started the Kepe Foundation,” Kepe said.

Kepe, who sometimes has to use money from his own pocket, said he relies on crowd-funding to keep the foundation going.

“I also have received funding from the Buffalo City Metro. The work cannot stop because of lack of funds, it is very close to my heart,” he said.

The foundation, which also has outreach programmes, through visits to old age homes, community clean-ups and clothing drives, hopes to inspire men to be role models.

“As a boy who was once rejected for being different, I want to help other young men in a similar position to prove that men can be more caring and  can give back to their communities. If men and boys had a stronger sense of purpose, they would break the cycle of violence,” said Kepe.

Kepe has also applied to be part of the Model United Nations which will take place in Malaysia in January 2019 and has been selected as a finalist. He is appealing to members of the public for assistance with funds to attend the event. which will take place in January 2019.

For more information, contact Kepe at on 073-447-1002.

 

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