Ipeleng Kgatle and the DAAD-Stiftung
This could be you welcoming" your" scholarship holder to Germany
“As a DAAD-Stiftung scholarship holder, I would love to say thank you for the continued support. It feels special to me to know that I am the first beneficiary ever who is supported directly by the foundation – based on donations. I am aware, that makes it unique for the DAAD-Stiftung, too, that is still growing and working hard to raise funds in order to support other students like me by the help of generous donors. That means I also feel responsibility to meet expectations – mine and theirs.
For me, the support from the DAAD-Stiftung means a great deal. It means I have been given a chance to follow and live out my dreams as an opera singer. It has afforded me the opportunity to study in Europe and to reach my full potential. Coming from a third world country, DAAD-Stiftung has given me a chance to study in a country with great opportunities for young opera singers and with an opera industry of high standard. It has also afforded me an opportunity to learn and grow in a country of very high academic excellence. I appreciate it because it came at a time when my dream to study in Germany looked bleak and seemed impossible because of the lack of funds. It gave me hope for a better future for me and my family back home. It has also given me the chance to learn about different cultures, learn a different language and meet new people.
I would love to encourage people to support the goals of the DAAD-Stiftung because it gives people like me hope - people who do not have much but their dreams. It gives a strand of hope even for the people we leave behind in our home countries. It gives people that need it the most the opportunity to learn, explore, grow and become the best versions of themselves. I would encourage any person to support the DAAD-Stiftung and maybe even become a Stipendien-Pate because it grows the culture of giving back, which will then ensure it continues for years to come.
One day, when my dreams have come true, I will make sure to give back myself.”