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Join our passionate literacy volunteers across the country, who give their time telling and reading stories to South African children.
Meet our FUNda Leaders
FUNda Leader Profile: Thandiwe - Structured influence
My name is Thandiwe Lamula and I’m a Story Sparker in Uthukela District. My story, “Yikheni Imfundo”, is very famous in my community, my home and at school.
FUNda Leader Profile: Masedikwe Anna Matlou
Recognised for her exceptional role in improving literacy in Ga-Dikgale, pensioner, Masedikwe Anna Matlou, has been selected for profiling by the Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment c
FUNda Leader Profile: Lilly Mahwibila
Lilly Mahwibila plays an exceptional role in the team of adults taking care of the 150 children who attend the Phologo Drop-In Centre’s after -school programme.
FUNda Leader Profile: Rinae Sikhwari
Championing the literacy rights of Limpopo children, Rinae Sikhwari grew up in Tshikwarani village, in Limpopo Province.
FUNda Leader Profile: Mzwandile Lugogo
When children grow up in households where there is an abundance of books and storytelling, it is most likely that they will learn to appreciate books and make reading a lifelong activity.
FUNda Leader Profile: Gadija Sydow Noordien
Despite raising her family against a backdrop of poverty, Gadija’s mother made sure her children always had access to books.
FUNda Leader Profile: Gareth Ciki
Our next FUNda Leader is a young man named Gareth Ciki, from the Eastern Cape. He wrote to us with his astounding story of hope and determination:
FUNda Leader Profile: Yoliswa Ruiter
Our next FUNda Leader is an amazing woman named Yoliswa, from the Free State.
FUNda Leader Profile: Pelisa Matshanga
Pelisa Matshanga is our next inspiring FUNda Leader. She comes from the Eastern Cape but now lives in the Mfuleni township, near Cape Town.
FUNda Leader Profile: Frans Makgalo
One of our most inspiring FUNda Leaders this month is Frans Makgalo. Frans is originally from Limpopo, raised in a village in Botlokwa called Ga-Ramatjowe.
FUNda Leader Profile: Melusi Sibiya
Our FUNda Leaders are from far and wide across South Africa. Our next powerful FUNda Leader is from rural KwaZulu-Natal, in the Empangeni, Ntambanani area.
FUNda Leader Profile: Melanie Lippert
Melanie Lippert, from Lansdown (Cape Town) is one of Nal’ibali’s most active and prolific FUNda Leaders. This is her story, and her road to literacy activism.