Kiva Donation- Helping a Budding Manager in South Africa

I thought I owed it to the class to at least tell you where my $25 Kiva donation went to.  I’ll take you through my thought process first.  I figured I would look to donate within the category labeled “Education” because we are all college students in a class together.  I figured we would want to promote the idea of education.  That narrowed it down to a few students looking for loans to help them pay for classes.  I then read a few of their stories and decided that Siboniso was the choice for me.  He is a Business Management student of the Maharishi Institute.  I thought that many of us in the class are management majors so we could relate to him.  He is also looking to work in the finance department for Anglo American, which I personally related to because I want to work in finance as well.  Here is a picture of Siboniso:



Here is also the story of Siboniso from the website:

A loan of $2,050 helps Siboniso to pay for one year tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.

Siboniso is a Business Management Student of the Maharishi Institute. Siboniso is 21 years old and was asked the following questions by a staff member of the Institute:

What do you study at the Maharishi Institute and what classes do you enjoy most?

“I am currently studying a business degree at Maharishi Institute. The classes that I enjoy most are Higher States of Consciousness because they help to connect with the inner being.”

What are your goals after graduation?

“My goal after graduating is to work for Anglo American in the Finance Department then start my own warehousing and logistics company. I would like to work within the city of Johannesburg so that I don’t travel much.”

Tell us about your background.

“I was born and raised in Katlehong, east side of Johannesburg. I stay in Katlehong and I have four brothers and one sister. My father works at Afrox as a part-time driver and my mother works as a consultant for Old Mutual. I am not married and I don’t have any children or kids.”

What do you do in your spare time?

“In my spare time I like to read and cook because I love cooking and if I’m not doing those two, I also like to search for something on the internet.”

How will the Kiva loan change your life?

“The Kiva loan, for me it will do some significant changes both in my life and studies. Firstly I know that I will get to school or I will be able to go to school every day no matter what and secondly the Kiva loan will give me an assurance that my tuition is secured and covered.”

If you want to see the actual profile, just click here.  You can donate more if you feel like.  Our small, yet heartfelt donation helped achieve more than 1% of his donation needs.

Alternatives this week… Expand Horizons…

From Yo! Community

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:30-9pm, Green film: “The Island President,” Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg.  ”The Island President,” a 2011 documentary by Jon Shenk, relates the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives.  After bringing democracy to the Maldives, Nasheed faced an even greater challenge: a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.  ”The Island President” captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. On Feb. 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned under the threat of violence in a coup d’etat.  A panel discussion, moderated by Peter Wilshusen, will follow the film screening.  For more information visit,, email,, or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

32SchwimmerWednesday, March 6th, 12, 5, and 7pm, Movement & Atmospheric Music Workshops feat. Rob Schwimmer, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg.  Composer and musician Rob Schwimmer will present three interactive movement and music workshops in the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University.  Schwimmer will perform original and atmospheric music on the Haken Continuum and theremin, accompanying two one-hour yoga instructions at noon and again at 7 p.m., led by Cheri Ordorf, and an hourlong Tai Chi instruction at 5 p.m., led by Steve Gallik.  These workshops are free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required.  For the full schedule please visit,

More From Bucknell…

Go To China!

I can not imagine a country and society more dynamic and relevant to the future of the USA and the world than China.’
Were I a sophomore in college, I would jump at the opportunity to go beyond headlines and stereotypes and see, touch, breathe, and hear China for myself.
The application is here.
Will you pass this on to ANYONE you think who may be interested.  Please let me know if you do pass it on so I can gauge the distribution.
Bucknell sophomores Maxy Xiao (left) and Sean Xu created the University's first-ever service-learning trip to China.
 That is thank you in Mandarin Chinese…

Jonestown Scripted

koolaidWhen Professor Comas posted about how one of the authors of The Laramie Project would be lecturing about her new project, I momentarily struggled to recall why that title rang a bell; I had to travel back to the memories of high school to remember. In sophomore year of high school, my English teacher had a part of her curriculum dedicated to learning about The Laramie ProjectThe Laramie Project is a play about the town of Laramie, Wyoming, and the murder of Matthew Shepard, a homosexual University of Wyoming student. The play is by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, whom thoroughly interviewed the locals of Laramie and used many of the interviews, word for word, in their script. The play resulted in the humanization of what had become a topic numbed by network news channels. The play was later adapted into an HBO Original Film. Remembering how moved I was by both the play and the film, I elected to see the author speak about the topic of her new play: Jonestown.

I again had to travel back into the memories of high school to remember what about Jonestown I had learned. I vaguely remember watching a documentary in my Psychology class about a crazy pastor, Jim Jones, who rounded up a bunch of people from San Francisco, traveled with them to some island in an attempt to create some sort of sovereign colony, and then had them all commit suicide by way of poisoned Kool-Aid. One of the main things that struck me in high school about this case was the huge sum of money Kool-Aid spent on proving and advertising that it was a knock off brand and not the real stuff. Needless to say, I went into this lecture mostly ignorant to what truly happened on that little island (except that Kool-AidTM is not affiliated).

One of the first points that Leigh Fondakowski, the author/lecturer, made was that she too was quite ignorant to Jonestown. She knew just about as much as I did when she started and made a conscious effort to do no auxiliary research as she traveled about the country interviewing Jonestown survivors.  She felt that auxiliary research would undermine the information that her interviewees gave, in a way. One of the main topics of controversy is the conflicting information that is available about both Jim Jones and Jonestown; Fondakowski did not want to subconsciously, or consciously, form any bias before conducting her interviews. It was important to her that the truth of the story come from her interviewees. Like another playwright we know, Fondakowski deals with “truth” in an interesting way. She asserts that it is not her place to determine what is true and what is not about the story of Jamestown, but importance lies in her interviewee’s “truths”, or what they believe to be true. Fondakowski believes that these truths are what allow the audience to empathize with the characters and further humanize the series of events. After a reading a series of heavy interviews and showing eerie photos, Fondakowski offered to answer any questions that the audience may have and requested that all questions be asked into the microphones located at the base of the forum. No one moved. Trying to ease the tension, I walked down to the microphone and said, “Hi, I’m Frank. I’m wondering if you intend to adapt your script into a screenplay like you did with the Laramie Project.” For those who appreciate good television, or are interested in Jonestown, Fondakowski is currently working on a Jonestown series.