Through her initiative Bags, Books and Blessings 4200 students have received school supplies including books, bags, uniforms and shoes. Nikhiya has mobilised hundreds of local businesses to support the cause.
Her Yearn to Learn project has helped provide laboratories to schools, giving them an equal opportunity to excel in science and maths, with teachers reporting student grades shooting up by 30%.
A budding entrepreneur, Nikhiya did not let a lack of funding get in her way, starting www.knicnacs.com to sell quirky and unique gifts which help fund the projects.
Nikhiya has also taken it upon herself to sponsor 25 visually impaired children, is a national archer; and inspired by the film, Patch Adams is not part of the group ‘Compassionate Clowns’.
In her own words, Nikhiya believes “the future is not predicted, it’s made”, something she is certainly putting into practice with extraordinary impact.