“Seeing parents happy when their children received the awards, and the bond we create between teachers, pupil and parents is the best part about my work,” says Piet Baloyi founder of the Baloyi Family Foundation, a Non-Government-Organisation (NGO) that aims to develop the youth in Oukasie.
For Piet witnessing the scourge of drug use in his community, the havoc racked by gangsterism in schools and young people not recognising the importance of education made the 38-year-old Oukasie resident to start the Baloyi Family Foundation to combat these issues. “I was born in this community and I completed my primary and high school education here. I love my community but witnessing how slowly it was ailing, I decided to start the foundation with the aim of improving the way and standard of living in my community. The Foundation was launched in 14 February 2014 at Brits town hall,” said Baloyi.
The foundation hosts the Schools term awards after every school term that recognises hard working learners from Odi Primary School, Oukasie Primary School, Kutlwano Primary School and Botlhabelo High School in Oukasie to encourage other pupils to work hard in school. “We award three best performing learners in each grade from all three school, from grade R to grade 12 and the aim is to motivate them to continue working hard and also to let them know that we appreciate the effort that they put in their education,” says the founder of the foundation.
According to Baloyi, those who dedicate their time and effort in improving the standard of living in a community need not to be forgotten and deserve appreciation. “Good deeds deserve recognition and because there are people who dedicate their time and effort in improving our community, we saw it fit that they must also get recognition. We also host the Annual Kasi awards which recognises a youth developer of the year, NGO of the year, community development worker, Community police officer, Community Policing Forum (CPF) of the year, Taxi operator of the year, taxi owner of the year, que marshal of the year and teacher of the year in our community.”
Baloyi Family Foundation hosted its Annual Kasi awards the past weekend and will be hosting the first Schools term top achievers’ awards for this year in April. Baloyi says one thing people don’t know about him is that he is a visionary and this is the reason his organisation seeks to go beyond celebrating those who make a difference in his community.
“We are aiming to equip youth and elderly people in our area with more than just mere life skills. The plan to open a computer skills center is currently underway, this will see more people in the community being equipped with computer skills. Therefore, we need sponsors to help in renovating old Odi Primary School so we can operate the computer skill center there,” says the 38-year-old. Piet who is a pastor at Hope of Life Worship Ministries in Oukasie believes that help from others is needed so one can achieve his or her goals.
“I work with amazing people at the foundation and I am grateful for the effort they put in executing their duties. Reneilwe Kgomo and Tshepo Baloyi who are directors and Sophie Rojelwa our secretary and other volunteers they do an outstanding work.” Besides being a life coach, motivational speaker, director at his foundation and a pastor, Piet is also a secretary for Rethabile organisation, an NGO that feeds more than 100 kids around Oukasie who are underprivileged. “As a member of this NGO, I am happy that I get to see these children happy and being well fed,” said the Oukasie based motivational speaker.
Although his community work and starting a business keeps him on his toes, Baloyi reckons that family is important. “My family is my motivation in everything that I do in my life. They encourage me to do better daily. Getting home to their beautiful smiles makes me happy,” he laughs. The 38-year-old life coach says he is grateful to Dr KC Lesolang from Brits, who helps in printing the awards and Thato Lebethe who assist in motivational talks on the days of the award ceremony. Piet advices people to always use the opportunities they get.
“To everyone out there, you should know that you only live ones, use the opportunity you have. Respect everyone and look at the people you surround yourself with because they can influence your life in different ways,” he added. For more information about the foundation contact Piet on 0715404138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.