Bursaries and funding schemes provide financial support for academic success. As students we saw the need to support our fellow students for life success. This means that we see other financial needs, related to the health and wellness of students, which bursaries don’t cover. That’s where the Nkululeko Fund comes in.
The Longer version
A large percentage of the students on our campus are on either bursaries, or public funding. This certainly provides talented students with the opportunity to study, but these funds can’t provide for everything a student needs. Bursaries are limited to supplying funds for 4 categories:
- text books
- food allowances
If students don’t receive financial support from home they are forced to buy toiletries, data, health care needs, transport home (many live far from campus) and any other costs that don’t fall under the four categories of student support, from their food allowances (which is a usually around R1500 per month, or R50 per day). This leaves them without food security, but also incapable of upholding a lifestyle that favours them to succeed.
Wonderboy Nkululeko Nkosi is the name of an inspirational student who was part of the pioneering group of students who cycled 1000km to raise the money which started this fund. He cycled for the first time in his life just 38 days before the team left for the fund raising journey. Nkululeko means “Freedom” and is the foundation of the will for this fund – financial freedom for all students.
We separated the fund from the cycling project in 2019 so that the cycling would no longer be the only contributor to the fund, but to make it a platform through which many other students can make a financial difference for their friends.
Another aspect of the Nkululeko Fund is that it is co-managed by students. We believe that students have the best understanding of the needs of students. Students and staff together form an allocation committee that applies the allocation criteria to the applications that they receive. The management of the Nkululeko Fund is then overseen and continually developed by an independent executive committee within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
By contributing to the Nkululeko Fund, you are financially empowering future health care workers of South Africa to look after their well-being and to decrease financial stress so that they can thrive during this developmental period.