Yakir Arbili

Yakir grew up in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona as the youngest of four children. His father was unable to work because of poor health and his mother works as a school secretary. When he was 18, one of his older brothers was critically injured in a car accident. Suddenly Yakir’s life and that […]

Or Biton

Or is from Tiberius, a small city on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where her mother works as a kindergarten teacher. Her father has not been able to work for many years because of his chronic diabetes. She has three older siblings, a twin sister and one younger brother, so there have always […]

Carol Ndlovu

Carol Ndlovu came top of her matric class in 2014, but despite Wits University accepting her to study a BSc in Biological Science in 2015, she spent that year at home because she couldn’t afford the fees. When she was offered a Moshal Scholarship to study in 2016, she was ecstatic, but was stressed from […]

Asiphe Mbotho

When Asiphe Mbotho found out that she had attained a 75% average at the end of her second year of medicine (2016), she was ecstatic, not least of all because she had battled at the beginning of her first year. Her immediate response to hearing her marks was to thank others for their support. That […]

Yelena Veschykova

Yelena was born in Russia and moved to Israel with her mother when she was four years old. Being brought up by a single mother was not easy, and they lived on her earnings as a part-time clarinet teacher. When Yelena was 12, her mother remarried, and she now has a younger sister, but her […]

Moshal Paying it forward – Nhlanhlayethu secondary school 2017

On Friday 10 March 2017 Moshal scholars and alumni were invited to visit Nhlanhlayethu Secondary school to continue inspiring and motivating learners. The following Moshal scholars paid their own return transport to the school in order to spend several hours engaging with learners: Sphamandla Mpanza- LLB graduate Snako Nzuza- BCom 3rd year Neema Umutoniwase- BBusiness […]

Remy Robinson

When fear almost prevented Remy Robinson from stepping off the edge of a dam wall to abseil earlier this year (2016), she was encouraged to take a deep breath and give it a try. This 21-year-old student did – and enjoyed the trip all the way down. Being able to calmly look at a frightening […]

Phindelani Ncane

Phindelani Ncane grew up in a child-headed household the youngest of five siblings, all at school when his mother died. This is not a unique situation in South Africa: there are believed to about 150 000 children living in households headed by other children, according to UNICEF. What was rarer was Phindelani’s determination not to […]

Thamsanqa Sibiya

When Thamsanqa Sibiya was kicked out of high school he realised he couldn’t rely on his name – which is Zulu for ‘The Lucky One’ – to get through life. Today this 22-year-old has almost finished his law degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), is a member of the Golden Key Society (for students […]

Ibraheem Sarsour

Ibraheem grew up in the northern Israeli town of Kfar Kassem. He was nine years old when his father died, leaving his mother to bring up three boys and a girl. She receives only basic financial support from the state, so Ibraheem and his brothers and sister grew up knowing that they must all work […]