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Another Helwel group visit to KwaZulu! - February 2019

This was the fourth time that a group of Helwel Trust supporters had visited the partner charities and projects that we support in the rural areas of Nqutu and Nkandla in KwaZulu. There were thirteen of us. Some had been several times before but for three of us it was the first time to do such a trip. Despite all the regular reports that we receive, nothing can compare with first hand experience. The fact-finding, the warmth of welcome, including singing and dancing, and the knowledge that our friendship and support means so much to the recipients was thrilling.


We started with a visit to TREE headquarters in Durban followed by one to ACAT headquarters in Lidgetton. It was both essential and fascinating to be updated on the national polices of these two non-profit organisations, through whom our money is channelled, and to meet the senior management teams, both of whom gave us excellent presentations.

The Helwel group at TREE headquarters in Durban

The Jungle Gym at uKhanye creche

Helwel visitors enjoying playing with the children

Then three nights at the excellent Lennox Farm near Dundee gave us a much-loved base for visits to Ukhanye Community Care Centre (near Nqutu), Pre-schools with teachers trained by TREE (near Nkandla) and community gardens and other small business ventures overseen by ACAT (Nqutu area.)

Handcrafts at the eGubaze ACAT group


There was time for some relaxation and historical site visits too, including Anglo Boer war battle sites at Spion Kop, Ladysmith and Talana, plus Anglo Zulu war battle sites at Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, where we had the bonus of seeing the WowZulu coffee shop and museum shop which Helwel has supported.


Enormous thanks go to Gavin and Betty Wiseman from Eshowe, long-time friends of Helwel, who accompanied us for three days and regaled us with battle stories from the past.

The garden of the Siyenza ACAT group

At the KwaNzimela Diocesan Centre

A night at KwaNzimela Diocesan Conference Centre is a regular feature of our visits. We were delighted to find it very well used and with improved facilities. Unfortunately, our old friends Rev Cyprian Mncwango and his wife Boni were unable to join us because of a family funeral but we had the pleasure of meeting Cyprian's son Vezi and some of the sisters from the convent.


We all enjoyed the beautiful drive down to Eshowe where the wonderful Wisemans were our hosts. We were warmly welcomed at the Cathedral service on Sunday morning but all too soon the group part of the trip was over. Four stayed on in KwaZulu to enjoy the game reserves and nine flew on to the Port Elizabeth for holiday adventures in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces.

Helwel Hike - Wye Valley
June 2018


Helwel supporters did a most enjoyable hike in the Wye Valley to raise money for fencing to protect crops in the rural areas of KwaZulu Natal.

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