No Dream Deferred

From time to time, I have stated on record that I am the person that I am today because the society gave me a shot in the arm. The shot in the arm came in the form of Edu-based support that I remain forever grateful for. It is for this reason that I tend to ponder and wonder, without that shot in the arm:

  • Where would I be?
  •  What would the quality of my life be like?
  •  What would have happened to all the dreams that kept me awake at night?
  • What lifeline would my family, relatives and friends lean on?
  • What would be my contribution to society?

The students that have received bursaries today tread on in this journey of life with a pregnant hope and believe. Hope that they will be able to achieve their dreams, however way they have set their dreams. Hope that they will have an improved quality of life. Hope that they will be the lifeline for their family, relatives and friends. Hope that they will contribute actively, willingly and joyfully towards a strengthened social fabric. I draw parallels with their kind of hope. The award of bursaries aims to strengthen them, to pat them on the back, to silently say that all shall be well, if only they keep this hope alive.

Even as I speak directly to the students, I extend some words to parents/guardians. I acknowledge that times are tough. I acknowledge the struggle to try and care for these students with pockets that are so strained. I acknowledge the pressure with absolutely no end in plain sight. I acknowledge the urge to sacrifice and say, they level that this child has reached, is enough. Sacrificing a dream that would have been complete, so that the other siblings can dare to dream as well. I acknowledge and reiterate that this should not be a choice that any parent/guardian has to make. Please accept the little that the JN Maragia Foundation is trying to do. Accept the little for now as we match on to ensure that ABSOLUTLEY no dream is deferred because of financial incapacity. As our children, brothers and sisters look up to us, let us remain optimistic that the seed that we are panting today in the form of these bursaries, will uplift, inspire and empower them to be the best versions of themselves. This is my hope and dream for them, NOW, with the expectation that they will match on, and dare to dream for others in future. I will finish of this blog post by sharing a quote that inspires me greatly: “You go on by doing your best. You go on by being generous. You go on by allowing the unbearable days to pass, and by allowing the pleasure in other days. You go on by finding a channel for your love, and another for your rage”-Cheryl Strayed.

JN Maragia

Foundation’s President

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