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Masandise (Let us Grow) Study Aid is a system of financial, social and academic support for extremely impoverished young people to enable them to undergo tertiary training.

Mentors act as surrogate parents, each guiding between one and ten individual students, doing what more affluent parents do for their children, advising and helping them in various ways. The vital contribution of the mentors to the social and physical wellbeing of students, as well as mentors’ care for students’ academic needs, is what makes the programme so successful.

Masandise Value Proposition

More than just a bursary find

Masandise is a project run by volunteers who has a passion for developing the potential of first-generation students. First-generation students have to overcome many hurdles to make a success of their studies. Masandise tries to eliminate as many of these hurdles as possible, most of them only costs time and the willingness to become involved in someone else’s story.


Financial aid

Masandise study aid aims to cover some day to day living cost, which is one of the problematic hurdles first-generation students face. The financial assistance provided by the Masandise fund is used to supplement the NSFAS grants and cover the essential living cost and ad hoc study expenses.

Cultivating Opportunity 

Masandise beneficiaries are referred by social workers, schools and other stakeholders. The students that become part of the programme does not get in by merit, but becomes part because they are motivated and driven to better themselves through education In this way Masandise cultivates hope in. the lives of young people, and unlock their future through education.

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