My name is Bianca Marais and I wrote the novel, Hum If You Don't Know the Words, which was inspired by my relationship with my childhood caregiver, Eunice Ngogodo, who helped take care of me during the apartheid era in South Africa.
Eunice turns 96 this year and she's my absolute hero. I've always wanted to pay tribute to her and find a way for her to leave a lasting legacy. This fund is my way of doing that since education has always been something that Eunice has felt very passionately about, especially since she, herself, was prevented from getting one.
It's my dream to empower young South Africans to be able to tell their own stories so that their voices can be heard in a predominantly white publishing industry. To that end, I'm sending up this fund to sponsor various writing initiatives in South Africa — competitions, workshops and learning opportunities — for black children and women to be encouraged to put pen to paper.
The first initiative will be in conjunction with the Vuleka SSB High School in Johannesburg who will be running a creative writing competition and workshop for its learners across various age categories in April and May. From there, I'd like to expand the project to as many schools and communities as our funds will allow.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Please help me to let their voices be heard.