FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA – Masake Maleka a 20 year old philanthropist at heart. She’s a youth ambassador and founder of Meisie Muis Motivates, a foundation that’s uplifting her communities young people. Masake is an international award winning philanthropist in the Educational Innovation category in the global youth awards held in Bangkok, Asia.
Q & A with Award Winner Masake Maleka
Who is Masake Maleka?
I was raised by my grandmother in Johannesburg and when she passed on I moved to the Free State. I am currently doing my 3rd year in BA Humanities majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Afrikaans at the University of Stellenbosch.
What are you passionate about?
Definitely empowering young people on different platforms. I enjoy making them realize that they should not only look at their current situation but to look beyond it and focus on the final destination. I was bullied a lot that is where my motivation came from, because I knew that I am waking up everyday to please no one but myself. Eventually, I decided to step out and become the mouthpiece for kids that were bullied and do not have the confidence to speak out.
Why do you feel the need to speak to youth?
This served as a contribution to keep one more girl at school, making sure that their motivation and self-confidence is catered for so that they are holistic in all aspects of life. I am currently working on partnering with the department of health and education to ensure the sustainability of sanitary towels to the young girls and simply spreading awareness.
As the founder I organize seminars for young girls to come together and discuss the challenges they face and how to overcome them. Community Interaction and critical engagement platforms are one thing I am highly interested in.
I am currently working on the “Help A Girl” campaign championed by Abongile Khwaza. The main thing why I decided to collaborate was because I believe in the power of collaborating and eliminating unnecessary competition so making sure that woman come together to create a powerful force. Instead of have 6 events thats dress the same thing we could be 6 powerful woman having one big event that works towards making a difference.
What does this award mean to you?
I was selected to represent South Africa as a delegate for the Asia World Model United Nations conference which was held in Bangkok 30th January – 4th February 2019, where I represented the World Health Organization (WHO – Belarus). The main topic was Climate change and its effects on Vector-Borne Diseases becoming active citizens and representative of our countries.
It is an incredible honor, motivation and responsibility to be the current holder of the Educational Innovation Award. But most importantly just shows my peers and younger people that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
We are proud to feature Masake Maleka as our young person to watch for Issue 10 of Her Grit Magazine. Her journey has been very fruitful at an early age and we look forward to see her continue to change young lives. Congratulations Masake.