supporting rural development projects in northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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Helwel Trust currently mainly supports three NPOs (Non Profit Organisations) in South Africa. Our money enables these charities to extend their work into the areas which Helwel traditionally has supported, that is Northern KwaZulu Natal, particularly around Nqutu, Melmoth and Nkandla.



Training and Resources in Early Education has its headquarters in Durban. It trains pre-school teachers and makes and distributes educational toys and equipment to the pre-schools. In the poverty stricken rural areas most children are ill-prepared for learning and pre-schools are invaluable. They are also a resource for education of the parents and encouragement of the community.


African Co-operative Action Trust has its headquarters in Howick near Pietermaritzberg. It works by encouraging the formation of groups of five people in the rural areas to assess their own needs for sustainable agriculture or entrepreneurial development. This is followed by training and local support. It has a strongly Christian ethos running through its training programmes and also aims to deliver HIV/AIDS awareness and literacy in all that it does.



Africa!Ignite uses its extensive rural footprint to partner with communities, especially women and youths, so that they can participate in the economy and society and make their voices heard. Helwel Trust supports the Wow Zulu project at Isandlwana which markets handcrafts to visitors to the Battlefield site and Dundee Action Desk which is an embryonic citizens' advice bureau.


Some other projects supported by Helwel Trust:

Ukhanye (meaning Shine) is a "grass roots" organisation in a village near Nqutu, formed to respond to the desperate needs of orphans and vulnerable children and others affected by HIV/AIDS. Helwel enabled them to erect a building so that the local volunteers could provide a meal after school for the children as well as storage, counselling and administration.
"Thank you so much for the funds you have raised for UKhanye. We really appreciate all the good works and love you've shown to us by assisting us to achieve our goals, vision and mission, which is to help our community."
Kate Vilakazi-Manyathi (founder of UKhanye)

Eshowe Community Action Group has built more than 3500 classrooms for impoverished areas. Helwel has funded six of these.
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