My name is Nozizwe Mabuza, I'm 25 years of age. I reside at Shiluvana. I joined scouts in 2006 and that was the best decision I have ever made because if it weren't for scouts I wouldn't be where I am today.
I was raised by my grandparents while my mother was in gauteng for work. A lot could have gone wrong. I could have done a lot of partying, could have been disrespectful towards my elders, neglected my school work and consequently ruining my future because I had so much freedom to do whatever I wanted to do. I mean my grandparents were old, they didn't have the energy to watch my every move but thankfully Keep The Dream introduced the scouts program to help me be a better person and make the best choices. As a scout, there were laws that I had to live by,scout laws, and I just couldn't afford to misrepresent scouts. Laws such as a scout obey orders, a scout honour is to be trusted impacted my life greatly. I did everything and followed every instruction given to me by my elders because I knew that they wouldn't mislead me or lead me astray in any way. By being obedient to them I was upholding a scout law. My grandparents and everyone else trusted me and I did my best to ensure that I didn't lose their trust because that was very important to me as the scout laws #1 stated that a scout honour is to be trusted. In all honesty it was more about scouts than about myself. It actually felt like I was doing it for them, like it was never really about me but I was wrong.Keep The Dream shaped my future because through their scouts program I was able to pass my matric and pursue the career of my dreams. I was able to make informed decisions about my life and the camps I attended taught me to be independent ,that has also helped me a lot when I got to university because being away from home can be tough sometimes. Today I'm a Bachelor of Laws graduate because of Keep The Dream..A prosecutor in the making. It is true that you reap what you sow. Some of my peers found the scouts program boring but if they knew the benefits I'm certain they would have joined too. I know they too had dream careers which could have been turned into a reality if they worked on them.Getting the right advice from the right people can be very helpful because if you have sufficient and accurate information you're able to make informed choices. Some of them never finished high school education, some did but obtained lower grades which resulted in them not pursuing the careers they have always wanted to pursue and some just settled for so much less. I consider myself lucky and I'm grateful to have been a beneficiary of Keep The Dream.