Nomzamo Mbatha Is All Heart!
Nomzamo Mbatha is one of the busiest local celebs, from living it up in the US to now jetting off to inspire all of us to assist in making the world a better place. The actress and humanitarian recently went to Kenya with the UN Refugee Agency to lend a helping hand and engage with refugees in different locations around the country as an advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign.
She is on a week-long trip to Kenya, during which she will be meeting with refugee athletes at the Ngong Hills Sports Academy and going to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, home to over 180 000 forcibly displaced Africans from 13 different countries.
The actress’s journey of helping those less fortunate started when she was only 15, representing South Africa at a youth conference hosted by Save The Children Sweden, along with 50 other youths from across the continent.
“At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built, not what we got but what we shared, not our competence but our character, and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.” That’s what to #DoItLuQuLuQu is about🙏🏾 @luquluqutribe @unhcrpartnershipsafrica @refugees
She shared her experience of being in Kenya for the second time, saying: “Coming back, the mission has not changed. I am moved even deeper in my pursuit of changing the narrative of the soil that birthed my people and me.”
What was once running from home because of a civil war, leaving all that you know and own, to changing the narrative of that race. Now running with athletes from around the world, running towards a greater purpose. Fueled by HOPE and no longer destitution. #DoItLuquLuqu @refugees @unhcrpartnershipsafrica @luquluqutribe . Fleeing home at the age of 8, walking for thousands of kilometers to seek refuge. Growing up in a refugee camp and by the age of 25, qualifying to race at The Olympics… despite and against all odds. That is the story of: . Yiech Pur Biel Rose Lokonyen Anjelina Lohalith Nadai Paulo Amotun Lokuro James Nyang Chengjiek
Speaking about the experience, Mbatha said, “It was so moving to see the very face of HOPE and impact. That was once the run and race from violence is now that of running towards something with a purpose beyond that of despair and destitution. Team Refugee now has a voice on the world’s biggest stage, the Olympics. Team Refugee matters.”
Nomzamo is appealing to all to join her in finding lasting solutions for the refugee situation. You can join the LuQuLuQu tribe on their website www.luquluqu.org and donate by SMS-ing word ‘LUQULUQU’ to 42656, or visit www.donate.unhcr.org