Film / TV


November 27, 2018

Trevor Noah may be one of South Africa’s most beloved exports to the United States but the comedian has not forgotten that charity starts at home. The Daily Show host launched The Trevor Noah Foundation earlier this year as a platform to tackle issues facing South Africans and now the sole contributor to the foundation is asking his fans to help him help his home by donating to an education fund through the #GivingTuesdaySA initiative.

“On this giving Tuesday I’m excited to be donating more money into the Trevor Noah Foundation which supports schools and teachers around South Africa,” quoted “I want to challenge you to do the same thing. If you donate, I’ll be donating whatever you do and matching it up to R2 million! Let’s make this happen!”


Noah’s passion for education was fed by educators that inspired him and he is hoping to offer South African school children the same opportunities for education that played in a part in the monstrous work-ethic that took him from South Africa to the Daily Show hosting seat. “For me, I’ve come to realize the secret is great teachers. In my life and the lives of many other kids, one great teacher has made all the difference. To this day, business economics and history are my favorite subjects thanks to teachers like Mr. Darby and Mrs. Gold. My favorite teachers were those who engaged me in a way that made me feel like they loved the subjects as much as they wanted me to love it.”

It’s heartwarming to see someone as established as Noah paying it forward that in order to leave the door open for others to follow, structural barriers to a quality education must be addressed – an aim of his foundation. “Our end goal is to get as many children who do not have access to education, educated. We want to get teachers the support they need because teachers are underpaid, and we want to make sure the people who educate those children are able to sustain themselves.”

Having been Born A Crime in apartheid South Africa, Noah is the poster child for what is possible when you give a child the foundation and support to fashion their own dreams. Although, having a Black, Xhosa mother doesn’t hurt either.