Patrick Mashanda

Programmes Manager

Patrick is a passionate Community Development Professional, and joined IkamvaYouth in 2012. Beginning as a district coordinator in Gauteng, he now oversees programmes across the organisation nationally.

The passion for making interventions to empower the needy youths is to some extent influenced by his background. Patrick was brought up in a poverty stricken family, and was exposed to much lack and abuse, including staying in the streets and going to school barefooted even at grade10. Through inspiration and mentorship from one of his grade 10 educators, Patrick was determined to change the course of his life, to emancipate himself from poverty through education. With the help of an uncle, Patrick managed to go through to university, and became the first to acquire a degree in a poligamous family of 23 children. The rest is history. Patrick has worked as an educator, a researcher on education issues in South Africa, a researcher on psychosocial support for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children, as well as researching for the SABC 2 Talk Show Hola Hamonate series 3. He has also been involved with International NGOs working to empower children and the needy,in the capacities of Project Manager (CARE Germany & Stars of Tomorrow). Patrick also co-founded Hope Warriors Children's Charity, a community based initiative to help children in Soshanguve. He is also a lifelong learner, being a holder of a B.A Honours Degree in Development Studies (Midlands State University), and currently completing his Postgraduate studies in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance. Patrick believes, and is proof, that education is a sure and sustainable way of emancipating the children and youths of Africa from the cycle of poverty. This is more sustainable when the beneficiaries take an active role in the processes that help them - and that's exactly what IkamvaYouth is doing!