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You may have seen or heard with shock and dismay of the rioting and looting in KwaZulu-Natal in July that followed the start of Jacob Zuma's jail term.

Aftermath at TREE headquarters

We have been anxious to understand how the violence may have affected our beneficiaries in the rural areas of Zululand.

The rural area around Nqutu has not been badly affected by looting, but Melmoth and Eshowe, as well as towns along the coast and Durban itself, have experienced much destruction of shops and other commercial premises.

In North Durban the TREE headquarters site – which includes the classrooms where our sponsored ECD practitioners get trained - was badly vandalised, to the value of some £500,000 (ZAR 9 million), including the removal of all moveable furniture, computers and other electrical equipment; vehicles were stripped to shells and there was also structural damage done.

Whilst TREE expect financial support through insurance claims and government grants, there is no telling how many months or years it will take to arrive.


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We have decided to split the proceeds from this year's hike between subsidising water tanks via ACAT (as previously announced) and providing £10,000 'recovery' funding to TREE to help training continue for our sponsored ECD trainee practitioners.


Please support TREE's recovery by making a donation through the Helwel Trust:
GoFundMe: You can make a donation online at our page on

or by clicking on this link:
Internet banking: You can donate directly to our Barclays Bank account:

Sort Code: 20-33-83
Account name: Helwel Trust
Account no: 90330264
Reference: Your surname and 'TREE'
Cheque: You can post a cheque donation to:

Amanda Arthurton
18 Bellamy Street
SW12 8BU
Please let Amanda Athurton know if your donation is eligible
for Gift Aid by emailing her at


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