At this time of year in particular – January to March – her mobile phone goes everywhere with her and is never switched off. Why? Because this is when a new batch of CLEF recipients are in the starting phase of their first year of tertiary education, and Nonny is on standby to support each and every one of them. This year she has yet another 100 aspiring learners to caretake.
This psycho-social support for CLEF students that have taken the quantum leap from their remote, rural villages to tertiary institutions in big cities, is one of the defining factors of this successful bursary programme with a remarkable first-time pass rate of 99%.
Over and above being a passionate advocate for CLEF’s ability to transform lives, Nonny is a wonderful storyteller, and the hour spent talking to her about something so close to her heart, flew by. We asked her: “What does CLEF mean to you?” This was her answer.