Melusi, an orphan from Kapane Village in the Tsholotsho area of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe, lives with his grandparents who are both subsistence farmers, joined the scholarship programme in 2008 while in primary school.
He caught the attention of Ron Goatley, MD for Wilderness Safaris, Zambezi Region who was assisting his wife with a delivery of text books to Children in the Wilderness (CITW) schools. Despite his size, Melusi was first in line to help with offloading the boxes of books and Ron immediately identified a worthy soul who needed support in order to guarantee him a brighter future. A pledge was made to provide funding for Melusi through his primary school education.
In his final year of primary schooling, Melusi met a dynamic, young American girl, Kristina Testa, who was with her parents on a Wilderness Safaris school and village trip. Kristina undertook to sponsor him through CITW. So began Melusi’s secondary education which he has just completed in June 2017 at the age of nineteen. As Melusi has a passion in agriculture and currently runs a small poultry project at home which helps to subsidise his family’s living expenses, CITW, with further assistance from Kristina have enrolled him at Sizinda Agricultural College. Here. Melusi will be studying and broadening his knowledge in a all aspects of agriculture, thus equipping him to fulfill his dream of becoming a farmer.