Main aim of the charity
Morgan Cargo Educational Trust distributes bursaries to high academic performers who are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa. We pay for selected beneficiaries with either their primary, high or tertiary education to ultimately make a difference in the youth and invest in their futures.
How the employee got involved and why
We started this project in 2017 when the trust fund was established and it took some time to generate sufficient funds to distribute to the beneficiaries. Being from a previously disadvantaged community myself, I am testimony that education can change your life forever.
I grew up in a township with parents who struggled to afford my school fees. My mum was laid off twice in order to pay for my university fees. Having achieved my own success, I believe that I should give back to the community that helped build who I am today.
When you hear the stories of a family who came to South Africa as refugees from the DRC 12 years ago and still struggle to pay school fees or a young lady who sells sweets to the other children at school to earn money for school fees as her parents are unemployed and her grandmother a domestic worker, you cannot not help. It is my duty.
COVID-19 has exacerbated the need of many around the globe and women often will bear the brunt of poverty, unequal societies and a lack of education. Africa is no exception. I may not be able to help many, but in the few lives I impact, I hope to make a difference.
What work does the employee do for charity?
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela.
As part of a private educational trust fund, Morgan Cargo Educational Trust, we distribute educational bursaries to well deserving, financially constrained individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This year we sponsored 3 young ladies from my old high school, Parkhill Secondary School, who are diligent, ambitious and go-getters in their own right.