Story: Meet the marvelous homeless woman changing her life by art

EagleHeadline | Jun. 22, 2017

In what is an inspiring story of the value of talent, a South African woman has turned her love for art into a chance to escape homelessness.

31-year-old Chuma Somdaka lived off a bench in a Cape Town public park for four years. During that time, she sold her art pieces cheaply just to afford her next meal. Her glimmer of hope shone when a photographer, Sarah Schafer, developed an interest in her talent.

Schafer helped Chuma obtain a scholarship to study fine art at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock. At the School, Chuma has full-board accommodation while learning to develop her amazing talent.

Although Chuma initially found it difficult to adjust to life away from the streets, she soon adapted thanks to support from the new friends she made.

She is happy for the opportunity and says she will visit her bench from time to time. She concluded: “Now, with the support of others, I can blossom. I can prosper. I want to start my own foundation; to inspire other artists."

If you want to learn more about her, you can click the link below:

Hot Comments
2017-05-23 07:40:21 Togo
What about the percentage?
2017-05-23 06:56:43 Zimbabwe
When the favour of God is on you no matter were you are it will surely locate you.
2017-05-23 08:02:03 Sudan
Sometimes you wonder what makes some persons unique while some live and run through life unnoticed. It's all about God. An act that's is only domicile in His Providence. Quite frankly no one goes unnoticed by God. Chuma has gotten her own share of God's love through the wonderful photographer in whose heart God places the empathy, love and milk of kindness to be China's Angel. Anyone out there in despair or some disadvantage, there is hope beyond the tunnel.
2017-05-23 07:43:09 Gabon
He will become a father to the homeless,the fatherless and the poor. God knows where we lack and he says he will help us out. Chuma's case is not an exception.We all have our time. It might seem longer than we expect,but we will all get there. Congrats Chuma.
2017-05-23 08:58:14 Ireland
According to Markus Daniel Gift"The greatest thing a man can do for himself is to discover his tallent and work on it then stay put to see what it will surprices it will come forth with"
2017-05-23 08:20:20 Kenya
She is reasonable. That is good. People often look for who to accused as the cause to their problems. She did not sit in self pity or result into prostitution as a full time work, rather she looked inward and "used what she had to get what she wanted." Most Nigerians keep blaming their President Mr. Buhari for the problems while they engage in stealing and other bad acts. Its time to face up your real challenge.
2017-05-23 06:20:31 United Kingdom
Agreat inspiration of dedication and focus on hope and faith. Great chuma
2017-05-23 07:35:39 Ethiopia
This is an amazing story n testimony to be emulate by others who find themselves on the street, particularly who has a unique gift or talent to do an amazing stuffs. I pray that people will take an inspiration from this woman's story to better their lifes.
2017-05-23 18:22:38 Benin
Thank God for everything
2017-05-23 13:35:05 Ukraine
The driven force or power that keeps a man sailing in spit of the storms of life is VISION. For the storms are necessary tools mandated to bring us a place of appointment if we faint not.
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