Founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity, Patrick Mashanda is the recipient of the 2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Youth in Philanthropy.
Patrick established Hope Warriors Children’s Charity in Soshanguve north of Pretoria in response to the challenges he himself experienced growing up. He believes that the path to success is through education and devotes his time and energy assisting children make the most of their education.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, as one of 26 children of a polygamous marriage, he was only able to access education with the help of his uncle. Patrick is quick to point out that the support he received from his uncle changed his life and was instrumental in helping him move out of the cycle of poverty in which his family was trapped.
Patrick is fiercely passionate about supporting children in the same way so that they can succeed regardless of their life circumstances. He started using his own funds to feed vulnerable children living in Soshanguve, and then found a shack attached to a church where he could feed children, give them a safe space to play and help them with their homework.
He has now registered Hope Warriors Children as a non-profit organisation. To date about 80 children have been helped through Patrick’s dedication and determination. Patrick has also used his personal funds to provide school uniforms, food and stationary for some of the children. He also allows youngsters in the community to use his personal computer to apply for jobs.
Patrick experienced the power that education can have in changing his life and he is now passing on this message in kind. He has provided a safe space and an enabling environment so children can do their best in difficult circumstances.