CSI Programme: December 2016
On 07 December 2017 we visited Elundini Children’s home for children with special needs and founder Indy Kwana to host a magic show and provide happy meals with toys, and of course Santa.This was a small programme hosted by Cindy and mirchee to feed 130 children at Elundini Childrens home and surrounding informal crèches within the Dunoon Township with the help of Indy.
Besides the great work Indy is doing for the community and children within, we visited many other women in the community which have informal crèches running from their own home, with no outside support or voice.
CSI Programme: March 2017
I (Cindy Pereira Buser)was travelling to India with my children, and our flight on Ethiopian Airlines was delayed for 17 hours. So, we decided to explore the capital city of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
We visited the Ethiopian museum where we were approached by this guide named Mike (Ethiopian name- Mekuanenet Abebe) who said he would show us around. I did not want a guide as both my sons have a very short attention span, being 4 and 8 years old.
I declined the offer but he kept insisting that he would not charge me a cent and would like to take us on a guided tour for free as he wanted to improve his English-speaking skills. After much persuasion, I agreed and we were taken around the museum. Knowing that possibly I would not pay him and being so patient with both my kids and carrying my younger one on his shoulders, when he was tired, only made me realise that this man had determination!
When we finished the tour, I then decided to pay him something and he refused to accept any money from me and said it was only his pleasure in showing us around, and the more he guides for free, the more experience he would get!
Mike did not know my background in terms of me being from the tourism industry, and the Owner and Managing Director of `mirchee’.
I then asked him what were his dreams and aspirations and where does he want to go with his career, and he then mentioned that he would like to learn `German’, to be able to guide and escort German tourists.
That’s when I handed him my business card and asked him to contact me when I was back in South Africa, after my holiday.
He did contact me, and we at `mirchee’ have decided to sponsor his course at the German School in Addis Ababa. We will monitor his progress on a regular basis and we wish Mike all the best!
What inspires me about Mike and people like Mike, is the absolute humility, determination and drive to do their best, irrespective, if there is any reward or payback!
For me personally, this determines the success of a person!
(email from Mike)
“Dear my Cindy
How are you doing with your families? I am very fine and thanks to you I am studying hard.
I am very happy that you will help me in other ways for my success.
I have sent you the photos with my class meets.
God be with you and blessing
Big son Love
Your sincerely boy Mike”