The costs of tertiary education and student accommodation are high, making the transition from living at home to living alone difficult for first-year students, and even more so for those who come from disadvantaged communities like the Alexandra township in Johannesburg.

Rays of Hope’s Ignition programme provides selected matriculants with a matrix of support to enable each one to study at a tertiary level or complete technical training, with the goal to find sustainable employment.

It also equips them with practical tools to help the transition them into res life, with the items they need to cook their own meals.

“Many of these kids come from households where there is no source of income. Their parents find it hard to make ends meet and feed their families, let alone those who are away at university,” says Bertha Muchadeyi, Ithemba programme manager. “Students moving into residence need a range of items to make their stay more comfortable, and these are not covered by the NSFAS grants that pay for tuition and accommodation.”

Students in the Ignition programme would greatly value donations of the following items that will help make their move into residences more comfortable. If you have any of these items to donate, please contact us on [email protected]:

  • Bed linen for single beds, including sheets, duvets, blankets, and pillows
  • Crockery and cutlery suitable for a single person (a great way to gift mismatched sets you may have)
  • Kettles or pots and pans
  • Bedside or study lamps
  • Toiletries and towels