With so much ugly, cruel and negative news in the world, it is important for us to embrace anything positive (to not only retain hope in humanity but to be inspired too), like this amazing and proudly South African story.
Mndebele Mnotho is a five-year-old little boy from Newcastle in KZN who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He is my August #InspirationForTheNation. Read his story here
Be inspired this June by a 10-year-old South African girl. She has done so much with her life in only a few short years and is truly a human being we all can learn from.
Stacey Fru, is a self-acclaimed published South African Author who has won multiple awards.
Hailing from Jozi, Fru wrote her first book ‘Smelly Cats’ when she was 7 and this was without the knowledge of her parents. When she turned 8, her book was published.
By the time her second book ‘Bob and the Snake’ was published, 9-year-old Fru was three times (multiple) award winner.
The synopsis of her book, ‘Smelly Cats’, is as follows: It is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However, just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.
‘Smelly Cats’ is the 2016 NDA ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention Category’, prize donated by UNICEF.
She won 2 awards at ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and ‘Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award.
This young girl is passionate about writing and writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is also a guitarist and a ballerina. Apart from this, she still finds time to be a motivational and inspirational speaker
In August 2016, Fru became the Youngest Founding Member of Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy.
This week, I heard a really inspiring story on the radio and wanted to share it with the Divinely Moulded readers.
My inspiration for May is Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Projects – Buy-A-Brick, Build-A-Home.
Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group, grew up in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and always dreamed of returning to make a difference in his home town. When the Ethekwini Municipality afforded him an opportunity to study at Andrews University, located in Michigan, USA, he was finally able to meet like-minded peers and make this lifelong dream a reality.
With this urgency and desire to help his South African community, Wandile found opportunities to learn from his professors and classmates about engaging his passion for architecture while using these skills as a tool to empower shanty towns back home. This was the birth of Ubuntu Design Group.
From there Wandile was afforded the opportunity to present his “Half-House Project” during the One Young World Resolution Project Summit in Bankgok, Thailand in . He was awarded a fellowship along with start up funding for Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Projects is currently working on a project to build Mr and Mrs Mtshali a handicapped-friendy home in Umbumbulu, and they need South Africa’s support to help this family and many other disadvantaged families in the country.
People can get involved through donating materials, labour, and money. Construction started in March.
To contact Wandile, you can find him on Facebook. #BuyABrickBuildAHome.
It’s April and once again at the start of every new month, I share with you something truly inspiring.
For those of you that have heard of Bear Grylls, you are aware that he is an Adventurer and has been filmed in numerous TV series that showcase him in dangerous situations (and teaching survival) – the most popular of which is Man vs. Wild.
This man is a true inspiration – not only for all that he has accomplished but for his beliefs, faith and love for his family as well.
This month, Bear Grylls is my #InspirationForTheNation. I say this because I was recently told to read an article about him and it brought me to tears and I wanted to share his inspirational story with you – so that you too could be inspired.
My inspiration for March – that I’d like to share with you – is someone who, like hundreds of others, recently completed the aQuellé Midmar Mile in KZN, South Africa.
The only difference is that this swimmer is like no other. His name is Craig Dietz, and he is a limbless American open water swimmer.
According to Midmar Mile reports (www.midmarmile.co.za), Dietz is immediately warm, engaging, always ready with a laugh, and accommodating towards everyone that wants to chat to him. Talk to him for a while and his limitations seem to melt away.
Dietz was invited to attend the event for 2013 after meeting aQuellé Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin at the World Open Water Swimming Conference in Long Beach, California, in September 2012 and he did not only attend, he swam it as well.
Being the second time Dietz has competed in the Midmar Mile, this year, he finished the men’s race in just over half an hour, although, Dietz did not stop at swimming the mile once, he crossed the dam seven times in total. Amazing!
For those who do not know how Dietz swims, he does backstroke using a flipper fitted to his right leg stump, which drives him forward.
I personally have never participated in the Midmar Mile and have always wanted to. After reading Dietz’ story I have now decided that I want to compete in the 2018 event.
Once a month I will be posting about something inspiring under #InspirationForThe Nation…and for this week, I have to highlight 27-year-old Cassie De Pecol who has visited every country in the world. That is 196 countries, which she accomplished in 18 months and 26 days. WOW!
I read this story on All4women, a blog I follow and it is truly amazing. Read more here
So I decided to research a little about this as I wasn’t even sure of how many countries there actually were in the world before I read this article. It is somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I never thought of finding out. This year I am determined to learn new things, so I wanted to share this with you too, just in case you didn’t know.
Firstly there are 7 continents that make up the world. They are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America & South America.
Then there are 196 countries in the world that are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic (CAR)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
United Kingdom (UK)
United States of America (USA)
Vatican City (Holy See)
If we narrow this list down to the top 10 most beautiful countries in the world, this is what allbesttop10.com suggests (even though beauty is in the eye of the beholder).
Going back to #Expedition196 – what I loved about Cassie’s website is the fact that she has various places to visit all on one site – so we are able to follow her journey and be educated on the beauty of the countries she visited through her eyes. Another important addition to the website is a blog post about Traveling alone as a woman… this is a must read.