He is 13 years old & has never been to school but has a mind of an educated adult. He has dreams bigger than those of his educated peers.

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Sihle runs from house to house selling fruits, biscuits and chips to raise money for his siblings and himself. The money earned by his elder sister is not enough to cater for all their needs.

His sister is 23 years old and works as a farm laborer and is the sole breadwinner in the family. Their parents died when he was 5 and they live on their own in their home at Takitsi.

“My parents died, first my father then my mother.”

13 year old Sihle has never been to School; he can write his name but greatly wishes that he could have a chance at an education just like other privileged kids who go to school. Not being able to go to School really bothers Sihle; when he is grown up he wants to be a soldier but worries about being rejected if he doesn’t finish school.

“When I am a man, I want to work. I want to be a soldier.”

A true family man in the making; Sihle made sure that he collects water and firewood so that they would be able to bath, drink and cook food. He wants the best for his siblings and himself and wishes that he had E1 million so that he could change their seemingly miserable life.

“If I had a million rand, I would go to school, I could buy clothes, I could buy food.”

What drew me to Sihle’s story is that he doesn’t wish for a “flashy” life but a chance to education, a path that could open a lot of prosperous doors.

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Source: http://www.youngheroes.org.sz/story_sihle.php