Dingalo - a SAVE success story

Dingalo was born in late 1995 in Kasane. He was only seven years old when his mother died. Four years later his father also passed away.

Aged only 11, Dingalo was an orphan. An uncle’s family took him and his four sisters in. The orphans were provided with the basic necessities of life – food and clothing – from the local municipality, which also funded Dinagalo’s school tuition. Dingalo proved to be a very good student. After elementary school, he continued on to secondary school, where he graduated in 2013 with one of the best school leaving grades of his year group.

During his school years Dingalo was already actively involved in SAVE’s Bana Ba Ditlou project (BaBaDi) where he volunteered his time during the school holidays. SAVE later helped him through university, providing him with accommodation and supporting him with other resources throughout his studies. Ever since, Dingalo has remained in touch with SAVE,

Recently, we received a letter from Dingalo postmarked Sweden, where he spent a semester abroad, studying at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Dingalo graduated with honours in June 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in network security and computer forensics. We are happy to quote from his letter:

“Participating in the SAVE BaBaDi program was the best thing that could have happened to me because I acquired so many life skills there. I gained completely new perspectives and learnt to deal with many different situations.My motto: If you get opportunities, grab them and use them!”

All of us at SAVE are really impressed by Dingalo’s achievements and wish him all the best for his future goals. The fact that the SAVE Environmental Education Program helped contribute to this success makes it clear once again how important it is to educate young people about sustainable nature conservation. Dingalo is an inspiration for all of us at SAVE to continue doing what we do.