“When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.” — Roy Bennett


Rural Development Projects


Children of Success

Noluthando Sithole, 29, is a co-founder of Children of Success, a nonprofit organisation that aims to alleviate poverty by reducing the plight of teen pregnancy and increasing financial literacy levels of rural and township communities. She is a finance professional and has worked as an auditor at multinationals in South Africa and the US. It is the experience that enables Noluthando to make a valuable contribution as a programme coordinator at Children of Success. In addition to developing and implementing strategies that aid the financial health and growth of the organisation, she spearheads all the financial education initiatives of the organisation. Noluthando’s organisation provides workshops and seminars for teenagers and has reached more than 7 000 to date. She has implemented programmes that promote early adulthood development, life skills and mentorship, which have enabled children to achieve their full potential. Additionally, Noluthando has partnered with other organisations and individuals to create sustainable solutions that address poverty and inequality in the region. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation and dedication, which has earned her the respect and admiration of her peers and the broader community. Children of Success’s commitment to dignity and empowerment of youth is remarkable because it is self-funded.

  • Bcom in accounting science, University of Pretoria
  • Postgraduate diploma in applied accounting, University of South Africa
  • Initial Test of Competence, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Advanced diploma in management accounting, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


  • Traversing Liminality Cohort 2023
  • Participant as part of Enactus University of Pretoria, national runner-up in 2014

In grade six at Uelzen Primary School, I received the Perseverance Award for the year after my term marks had improved by more than 10%. This award taught me the value of hard work.

Dear Young Thando  

It is okay not to know

Life is about trying 

Preserve is the best gift you can gift yourself

Try, baby girl, Try 

Success is not about being popular in high school

Or being the IT girl, it was living life on your own terms

Life is a journey and not a race

Live it on your own terms 

Live, baby girl, Live

I dream of a South Africa where it is realistic for every child to achieve before they conceive.

This requires that our education, health, and justice systems work well enough for the rights of the most vulnerable groups to be protected and realised.

It is only when our systems work effectively enough to combat social and economic ills such as sexual violence, gender inequality, gender-based violence as well as poor access to sexual and reproductive health education and services, that the early and teenage pregnancy crisis can be addressed at its core.

It is in doing so, that we can build a South Africa that is worthy of the dreams of our children.

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