"Dear lovely reader,
My name is Zintle Mekile and I am turning 17 years old this year on 3rd September and I am a second year Eh!woza member. The reason that made me come back is the educational information about TB in science workshops and the fun part on media workshops. I got to understand more about the clinical trials, the vaccination, the growth of bacteria, and the importance of preventing and treating tuberculosis on time. Also had the time to go to the lab and do some experiment like real life / professional scientists.
Media workshops: Yhoo..! this is the fun part about the project. We get to go to different places of our choice on shoot days. And the response from people is amazing. Some are scared of the camera fearing to be on ‘TV” and some are able to share the information on camera. Despite the tiring film editing, media workshops are fun, now I can make a film/documentary and all thanks the Eh!woza. This project taught me the importance of sharing the little useful information you have with others.
Thanks you Eh!woza team for adding more useful knowledge on top of the little I had and I wish you all the best in years to come, and shall you find more funders for your great project."
"To be in this program has been a wonderful experience. I have learnt a lot since I started in this program. At first I knew TB according to my own understanding. I did not know exactly about this disease but now I know.
So what I am going to do now I am going to teach people in my community about what TB is exactly. And even at school when we are given essays about TB I am going to know how to write it because I know what I am going to be writing about.
All I want to say is thank you to the management and all of those who are involved in this program you have treated us very well. Everything was perfect. Thank you!!!"
"I have learnt lot of things in EH!WOZA. Some of them are about TB and some of them are about team work and Eh!woza taught me that I must share my information to other people.
I did things I am not used to like taking pics and video with a digital camera and traveling to some places I am not used to go.
And I learnt about TB, how it is spread, what is TB, what are the risks, how to treat it."
“Eh!woza has taught me a lot about TB because when I started Eh!woza I had no idea what TB is and I didn’t know what causes.
The people in Eh!woza have been nice and very patient with us when we were doing the lab work and it has been fun since day one and it’s a lot of fun now that we are doing edits and interviews and there is nothing that I dislike / don’t like about Eh!woza.
Through Eh!woza and the interviews we did around the townships I’ve realised that a lot of people know about TB but they are just ignorant and are scared to come out and say I have TB and am not going to die because of TB.”
“Firstly I learnt a lot on the science workshops. I learnt about who discovered the disease TB. I learnt about what causes TB. The science workshops were good I enjoyed every single moment of it.
On the media workshops it is/was difficult. I try by all means to understand even though it is hard. Ed has been patient with us from the start.
What I would like to know is how to edit the films. But from the science side I’m good but not “that good”. I just hope that next year I can be part of this project again.
The food was/is something else.
“Delicious”… Thank you."
“My name is Zimkhitha Mekile. I am 16 years old, doing grade 11 in Harry Gwala Senior Secondary School. This is my second year I’ve been into the Eh!woza programme. What I liked the most about this program is the way they welcomed us, make us feel at home. When I first joined Eh!woza I had no idea about TB but what made me want to join was the media workshop part, also made me want to join again. Being part of Eh!woza really helped me a lot with my schoolwork, because we were only introduced to this chapter now in grade 11. Being a member at Eh!woza taught me how to interact with people, also approach them. At Eh!woza I had my happiest moments, crazy and fun moments also tiring hours. It made me see how huge TB is in our Townships, also worldwide. Now I know more it made me thing big about myself. I felt needed to my community that I can make changes and save lot of people’s lives by teaching them about what I have been taught.
Individually speaking I would say I have a privilege working with professional scientists under one room in the lab. Also to say I am the co-producer of my own documentary “Zondentle”. Those are my big achievements. That’s a highlight for me. Thanks to the Eh!woza team.”
“There is a lot that I have learnt here, which I couldn’t know I would know at such little time.
THINGS I LIKED MOST
1. The fact that Ed and Tash believed that although we are young, but we will make their project a success.
2. They always made us feel at home and comfortable around them.
3. I learnt more about editing films and music. I liked that a lot, because I didn’t believe I could gain a lot of knowledge in such short time.
WHAT I LEARNT
1. I learnt on how to communicate with people while we were doing the interviews around Cape Town.
2. I have also learnt how much people know about the disease.
3. Respect each other all the time and always pay attention to other people when they are talking.
I enjoyed every minute of the project since day one and nothing has changed my mood ever. People around here are always smiling and showing love which makes it easier for us to work around them. And the food was or have always been amazing …."
"In Eh!woza I learn more things that I didn’t know and also it was my first time to go to the [TB] lab and I do some experiment. And I enjoy to be in the lab.
And I learn something that I never know that I will learn in my life and I still need to learn it more. And it is when you are editing the movie and I did not know that I will do in my life. And I still need to learn more on the editing and the media.
What I like in the Eh!woza people is they have care and if something you don’t like you tell them. They will advise you.
And I like Eh!woza. I wish to go forward with what they are doing."
“My name is Asekho Mndi, I am doing Grade 11 at Sizimisele Technical High School. I learnt a lot from Eh!woza from the lab workshops to the media workshops. I joined Eh!woza through IkamvaYouth. I am grateful for the opportunity.
I pray and wish that Eh!woza give more learners the same opportunity."
"My name is Nandipha Bhusa. I am in grade 10. I learn in Harry Gwala Secondary School. I am 15 years old.
Firstly I learnt when I am in the lab I would wash my hands before and after I do everything and also I learnt about TB is an old disease. It was around 50 000 years ago. Also I learnt about causes by Mycobacteria also how do you get it by coughing and by breathing. Also I learnt about the types of TB – bones and blood and brain. I would like to encourage all the people that have TB to treat and eat all the treatment and go to the clinic.
And I learnt how bacteria grow. Also I learnt how to conduct my interview. It was so difficult but I told myself I can do this. Also I enjoy my workshops very well. It was great. I live to be in Eh!woza and I would like to next year to join this project and encourage more people in my community or my friend and family."
“Firstly what I learnt in Eh!woza I learn a lot about TB because in my knowledge what I know was that TB is spread through the air. I did not know that Mycobacterium was the cause of TB. And that bacteria lives in everywhere in our body it lives in the bones everywhere in our body.
I also learnt how to communicate with people when I was doing the interview because firstly I was scared but now am free. I also learnt how to edit in the computer. There is a lot of interesting stuff I learnt.
Hi! My name is Ondela and I live in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. I started joining Eh!woza in 2015 on May, then I re-applied for the second time in 2016 on May. I joined Eh!woza through IkamvaYouth, an organisation that help students from different schools in their books. In 2015 I was doing grade 10 and now I am doing grade 11. I’ve learnt so many thing in Eh!woza.
What I like about Eh!woza is that they use young people to give knowledge about TB… so we as the learners plough back to our communities to give knowledge about TB. We do some research about TB in the science and media workshops.
In science workshops we go to the lab and do some experiments and do some vaccine or check bacteria on our body. In media workshops we use cameras to see what people think about TB.
We do interviews… Well we interview people by using the cameras. Meeting new people and getting to know them was the most amazing things.
I mostly liked the media workshops because we are using cameras. I liked editing and interviewing and making incredible and interesting documentaries which are obviously based on TB… and the food too. In the morning I would not eat at home because I know that there is breakfast at Eh!woza. I take Eh!woza as my second home because it’s where I’m happy and I enjoy myself in. I wish so not to leave Eh!woza but I have to and it’s so sad that it’s my last year being in Eh!woza.
In Eh!woza, I’ve learnt that anything is possible if you believe and that you’ll always need some peoples’ hand to make things possible and make things work. I love you Ed and Tash…
"WHAT I LEARNT AT EH!WOZA
At Eh!woza I learnt a lot for example:
1. I learnt how to use a computer.
2. I have learnt the way of approaching people when you want some information from them.
3. And I have also learned the way of using the camera.
WHAT I HAVE ENJOYED AT EH!WOZA
At Eh!woza I have enjoyed a lot like the thing of using a camera doing videos and taking pictures of people.
MY COMMENTS ABOUT EH!WOZA
At Eh!woza there is nothing bad I would comment about.
Everything was fine and enjoyable."
"First of all I would like to thank the Eh!woza for creating such a platform for me and others who are part of the project. To me what I’ve liked the most is the media workshop, because it was more fun than the workshops in the UCT lab. It was a great holiday to me ‘cause I learn a lot e.g. #Photo, Video, Editing etc.
A special thanks the Ed and Tash for guiding me and others. My comment is that why don’t you take Grade 12 learners??.."
"For me being the part of Ehwoza project has really helped me a lot, because today I am able to explain to everyone I come across what TB is. I am pretty sure that no one close to me will ever be affected by TB. Also this project helped me educationally as we did some practical activities at the lab.
All the workshops I have attended to were really amazing. I had a lot of fun as it was one of the great things to edit sound and videos on my own. Being in this project made me feel like am a professional and also gave my parents hope that one day I will succeed in life..."😀😀