Lulisandla Kumntwana

Lulisandla Kumntwana gives practical, emotional and spiritual support to over 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Unemployment is 80% in the area and there is a high number of orphaned children because of the HIV crisis. Many of them are living with extended family so Lulisandla Kumntwana works to support those families. Many are now teenagers and young adults so it also empowers unemployed youth through Life Skills and helping them attend further education. It uses volunteers from local churches and employs a team of professional social workers, counsellors and youth workers.

Rachel Fredlund is the Project Director and E3’s partnership is helping enable:

  • Psycho-social support to help orphaned and vulnerable children cope with their situations.
  • After-school clubs giving help with homework, running games and crafts and sharing Bible stories, all of which increase the children’s self-esteem and improve their school work.
  • Life skills courses to improve the prospects of unemployed young people.
  • Helping with education costs, food, school uniforms, clothing and house building.
  • Raising awareness of children’s rights.
  • Support groups for teenagers living with HIV to help them cope and live positively despite their status.
  • A preschool aimed at expats and professionals to generate a sustainable income to help fund the work.
  • Budget: £8,300

Lulisandla Kumntwana has many years of experience of supporting and bringing hope to orphaned and vulnerable children. In March 2018, we gathered together all of our Back to School partners at Lulisandla to share learning and agree a common framework for E3’s Life Skills programme in the future. Lulisandla staff facilitated some of the workshops and shared their expertise on children’s rights. Shared learning between our partners is a really important part of how we work.