Funda Nenja

Simphiwe Sabelo has been helping children work with their dogs at the Funda Nenja project; the passionate animal lover was recently given an opportunity that will change his life!


Johannesburg, South Africa (20 January 2020) – Funda Nenja runs in the township of Mpophomeni, near Howick, in the KZN Midlands of South Africa. On average, 100 children and their dogs attend weekly dog training sessions which happen on Friday afternoons at Zamethule Primary School in the township.

These lessons not only teach the dogs some skills, but it also helps the children bond with their pets and forms deeper connections. These new classes help educate children about animal welfare and encourage them to show their families how to treat animals.

Classes are taught by volunteer instructors and some of the instructors are previous pupils who have gone through the training programme themselves.

One of those instructors is Simphiwe Sabelo. Simphiwe has made a massive difference in the lives of the children he has taught. Now, an opportunity has come along that will change Simphiwe’s life!

Chelsea Mercado offered Simphiwe the opportunity to train as an intern with Vapor Wake K9 South Africa as an explosive detection dog handler. He flew to O R Tambo airport from KwaZulu-Natal to attend the programme. When he completes it, he will have a specialised skill that is highly valued not only at airports but within the security industry as well.

“Towards the end of last year, VWK9SA and K9 Law Enforcement contacted Funda Nenja to offer one of their students a chance to join our January 2020 class to become an Explosives Detection K9 Handler. Simphiwe was the lucky student and has joined us for our course. We wish you all the best for this exciting adventure ahead. A massive thank you to Brad Wood for making this possible.” – Vapor Wake K9 South Africa

Funda Nenja were sad to let one of their instructors go but so proud to see him go on to do exciting things. Simphiwe’s life is about to change in the best way possible!

“Thank you, Chelsea, and best of luck to Simphiwe. Funda Nenja is behind you all the way and wishes you every success for your future.” – Funda Nenja

Sources: Facebook
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