Entrepreneur and Founder of The X Foundation, Nonkululeko Xulu, is the recipient of 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Education.
Nonkululeko (Lulu) has a passion to uplift and empower disadvantaged youngsters by providing them with bursaries and the necessary resources they need to support their studies. Like many South Africans, she believes education is one of the pathways out of poverty.
Established five years ago, the foundation specifically targets children in Grades 1 to 12 from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal where Lulu grew up. Each of her beneficiaries are awarded a bursary that provides for school fees, uniforms and stationery for a whole year.
Lulu also ensures the youngsters get the necessary support they need to succeed and enjoy their schooling years by providing food parcels as well as health, fitness and life skills training and advice.