In February 2013, we were proud to announce the installation of 24 cupboard libraries situated throughout 3 very rural and disadvantaged schools around Mt Frere, in the Eastern Cape. We thought you’d like to meet the ASAP team member largely responsible for making this happen, 25- year-old Maxine Begbie Khan.
Recently married, Maxine graduated from the University of the Western Cape in september 2012 with a BA in Social Science. Originally from Pietermaritzburg, all the way over in KwaZulu-Natal, she now lives in Cape Town.
“I enjoy working for ASAP,” says Maxine. “I feel like I’m making a difference, that I am working on my skills, and it just compliments what I have learnt in theory at University. I enjoy the company. I enjoy the staff, my colleagues, and Priscilla [the founder and director of ASAP]. She teaches me a lot. I just like to gain strength and knowledge from those around me.
“The fact that I can use opportunities that were given to me to help other people. I think what motivates me is to see a difference, to see a change, either by what I can contribute, or by what others do and being a part of that.”
“I am working on the research for the new libraries that we will be putting into the schools, and I am trying to gather some more information and statistics, and to get a better understanding of them and what they need, and how they see the project, or the value of the project.
” I would say that I hope ASAP grows even bigger, and that it becomes more well known, and that it continues to make such a big difference, as it has already in such a short space of time, in the future.”