Let me first introduce myself. My current age is 17, yeah, pretty young but doesn’t mean I ain’t motivated enough for YouBridge . A typical feature of myself is that I’m always trying to be as creative as possible. That’s why I spent my spare time making jewelry, shooting photo’s with my digital camera or maybe ‘pimping’ my schoolbooks to a kind of scrapbook. Since this month, I follow a Spanish course but Icelandic still stays my favourite language (although I don’t understand a word of it). I live in Asse, close to Brussels, where I also go to school. I study economy-mathematics at Koninklijk Atheneum Vijverbeek. And that’s where I first found out about YouBridge..
I got to know YouBridge because of my former math teacher, Miss Wouters. She wanted to raise some money to support the organisation. Me and my friends thought “yeah, why not?”. That’s the moment we started to spend our lunch breaks together to work out some great ideas. During a couple of weeks, we gained enough money for 3 laptops just by selling some ice creams or greeting cards! We have chosen Hanifa Nafuuna, Patricia Nantaba and Innocent Lemi to donate our laptops to. Afterwards, we shot a video together to deliver the message to this persons and it appeared they were extremely happy about it! We all felt great about it because now 3 students were capable to study much better because of the YouBridge-laptop! And it was all because of us! Another great part of it is that you can e-mail with the persons with ‘your’ laptop too. Just by sending a few e-mails, you could immediately feel the difference in culture. It was a whole new experience to all of us.
Since then Vijverbeek didn’t stop supporting African students. This year our students raised over €1 500 with different activities and were capable to donate 12 laptops! Congrats! (You can find the people who worked on this in the group ‘K.A. Vijverbeek’ on this website!)
Because of this great support from everyone in our school, I’m looking for people who want to start up another group with me. Together we would set up some events or activities to raise money. Next step: donate it to YouBridge! Do you want to help to bridge the digital gap in our world and you think you can do it in a team? Don’t hesitate and contact me as soon as possible!
Because we should all ‘bridge’.