We live in a world where Gender Based Violence (GBV) continues to fester and plague our communities,it is of utmost importance for us to root out and take proactive measures to combat this issue. Starting on the 20th of September MOT hosted their ‘Men Show Courage’ a 2 day event at the West Coast TVET […]
MOT Youth Blogger of the Month: Crystal Carelse
My name is Crystal Carelse and this is my story.
I grew up in an underprivileged community and this was tough. My parents always motivated me and what always stuck with me is what my father said: “Don’t be a victim of circumstances but be a victor over circumstances” and that kept me going.
After I matriculated, I struggled to find a job. My dad lost his job in that same year. I got an opportunity in a factory where I worked for 9 years. This wasn’t the best job ever, but I had to work to support my family at that time. All I had to say to myself is that “I have I dream”.
In 2016, I got retrenched and did not allow this to get me down. I then decided to go for my dreams and study Educare at Northlink TVET College, Goodwood Campus and this is where I was introduced to the MOT Programme.
In 2018, I got selected to be a Young MOTivator and I believe that this was a privilege. I never thought that I would be a role model and MOTivating others to be the better version of themselves.
MOT has unlocked abilities inside me that I never knew I had. Growing up, I was a very shy person, but MOT gave me the courage to be me, to be an inspiration to my fellow students and community. Implementing the values: the courage to live, the courage to care and the courage to say no in my community and college has made me see life from a different perspective. Over time it became my everyday lifestyle.
Thank you, MOT!
Read last month’s MOT Youth Blogger of the Month: Stephanie Domingo’s story here