FOUNDED during the mid-year holiday in 2017, the Help Me Up (HMU) foundation is a registered non-profit organisation that strives to help the already hard-working youth reach their potential through providing them with the information and resources they need to further their studies after finishing secondary school, says founding member Dr Carol Naidoo. “Great inequality still exists, and although many people of colour have been managing to do well for themselves, most young people from previously oppressed racial groups still experience the effects of apartheid,” said Naidoo.Naidoo said that, together with some of her other colleagues at university, they came together to ask the question: “What if there were a platform where hard-working students from low income backgrounds could have access to information and resources to help them further their studies and reduce, if not eliminate, the financial burden?” Thus the HMU was formed. The organisation’s main aim is to provide resources for the youth of South Africa to further their studies and to collaborate with other organisations to achieve their main target. “Our vision is to see more South Africans’ being more informed about opportunities that lie ahead, with an emphasis on rural and township youth,” said Naidoo. Highlighted on the HMU website is the organisation’s emphasis on partnering with already existing organisations and platforms that are trying to make higher education affordable for many South African youth. “We are looking at partnering and building bridges with such organisations to work as a unit in grooming and ensuring a bright future for our aspiring leaders. “The type of organisations we are looking to partner with are those that are providing senior high school leaders with tutoring, mentoring and bursary services,” said Naidoo.Any organisation interested in partnering with HMU should send them an e-mail to email@example.com or contact them on any of their social media pages.