Student Counselling and Career Development Unit (SCCDU) would like to send words of appreciation to the University community and students for opening their doors to our peer helpers when they went out recently asking for donations. “Your contribution towards “Thoho-ya-nzie” feeding scheme has made a huge impact in helping those students who are in-need”, said Dr Refilwe Pila-Nemutandani who is the Head of SCCDU. Contributions were received in a form of monetary and non-perishables. A total amount collected by peer helpers was R2190.50 in which groceries in a form of non-perishable items were bought. Beneficiaries of the scheme who are needy and deserving students have already started receiving food parcels, which are given on monthly basis until they get financial support from bursary schemes. 

A student enrolled for BSc Nutrition whose name is known to Nendila newsletter team, reported that she had financial challenges including having to worry about where to get a meal for the next day. She said the scheme “Thoho-ya-nzie” helped her a lot because she almost left her academic studies. She further said, because of the scheme, she is now positive and looking forward to completing her studies. She continued to say the scheme has given her and other students hope and has made a difference in their lives. Beneficiaries would like to thank all donors for supporting their vision and health. 

Students can consult with student counsellor at C-Block Office no. 35 next to Social Work Department or they talk to peer helpers who are peer counsellors and enquire about the service. 

“Thoho-ya-nzie” is a feeding scheme that was initiated in collaboration between SCCDU and SRC for assisting students who are from disadvantaged background, with no financial support and those struggling to have a meal. The scheme aimed at providing social relief to those students who are needy and deserving. The scheme is depending on donations from students and staff members within the university. 

Issued by:
Department of Marketing, Branding and Communication
University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525 / 8710
Date: 20 July 2022 

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