UFH Alumnus - Lusindiso Holiday participates in Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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Lusindiso Holiday, a UFH alumnus is among 700 young Africans from 49 African countries who have been selected to partake in the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The Fellowship is a flagship programme of the American Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from Sub-Saharan African countries have participated in the programme. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.

During the Fellowship, the Fellows participate in six-week Leadership Institutes, studying business, civic engagement, or public management hosted by US colleges or universities. This year’s fellows were selected after undergoing a rigorous selection process of more than 35 000 applications and attending physical interviews with the US Consulate representatives.

Holiday hails from Qhaga location, a village situated outside Qonce. He completed his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Fort Hare in 2007. He also holds a BA Honours in Social Behavioural Studies (HIV/AIDS) from the University of South Africa and is currently registered for a Master of Medical Science in Public Health with the University of KwaZulu Natal.

He is a South African professional with almost 15 years’ worth of diverse experience in the conceptualisation, coordination, planning, implementation and management of health and social programmes. Two of those years were spent volunteering at the UFH Student Counselling Unit in Alice. He also spent two years as an intern at the Employee Health and Wellness Unit at the  Department of Human Settlements in East London.

Currenly, Holiday  works for the  National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) as a Victim Assistance Officer at the Sexual Offences & Community Affairs (SOCA) Business Unit. His role at the NPA comprises managing rape and other sexual assault cases through the provision of psychosocial support services. He also looks into the individual needs of each victim, from point of contact to care, until they appear in court. He also facilitates access to all in-house services as well stakeholder contact at the Thuthuzela Care Centre.

In 2012 Holiday was awarded a scholarship to study for an Advanced Health Management Programme (AHMP) through a partnership between the Foundation for Professional Development Business School (FPD) and Yale University School of Public Health.  He completed the programme in 2013.

Holiday is  a member of the South African Institute of Healthcare Managers (SAIHCM) and the Black Management Forum (BMF).

He has managed groups and coordinated HIV/AIDS programmes (inclusive of advocacy, education, and prevention activities), health promotions, conducted training, workshops, and awareness campaigns as they appear in the International Health Calendar.

According to him, his long-term vision and goal is to establish an effective international development foundation that will have as its primary mandate a massive and aggressive fundraising and resource mobilisation towards the development of the underserved and vulnerable populations.

 “The ultimate aim is to donate and channel these funds towards the support of social and health programmes that promote the welfare and human rights of vulnerable groups and sexual minorities (that is inclusive of sex workers, queer communities (LGBTIQA+) and others. Thereby ensuring that social justice is served and achieved in our lifetime for all these vulnerable groups in Africa and the entire world," he states.