Uzwela means
empathy in Zulu.
It's at the heart
of what we do.

Our Mission

We improve the lives of vulnerable children and adults

We do this by supporting and initiating community-driven charitable causes in South Africa.

At Uzwela Foundation, our charitable service is not limited to providing the basics necessities, but also connecting on a personal level, giving of our time, having empathy and showing true compassion to those less fortunate. 

Uzwela Foundation was founded in 2021 by three female Directors, passionate about improving the lives others.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Clothing and Shoes

We welcome good quality baby, children and adult clothing and shoes.

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Soft toys and educational toys suitable children from new born to toddler. We also appreciate donations of books for all ages, including young adult.

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At the start of a school year, school supplies are especially welcome. The administrative offices of the causes we support, also appreciate stationary, office chairs, printers and paper.

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Basic toiletries like facecloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary products and shampoo. Something as simple as soap and shampoo can give back dignity and confidence.

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Be part of Uzwela by volunteering skills like hairdressing or handyman services. We also appreciate help throughout the year for special projects. The time spent with vulnerable children and adults are priceless.

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We accept monetary donations from companies and individuals. Contributions are used to buy groceries, clothing, toys, stationery, toiletries and to fund special projects. You can use the Donate button below to donate through PayPal, or contact us to make alternative arrangements.

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Causes We Support

Uzwela Foundation has long standing relationships with state-funded care homes and non-profit organisations.

Mary Moodley Child and Youth Care Centre

Children's home

Mary Moodley CYCC provides a place of safety for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The home accommodates up to 140 children from the ages of birth to 18 years.  There is also a school on the property.

Igugulethu Child and Youth Care Centre

Children's Home

Igugulethu is funded by the Benoni Child Welfare department. It is a place of safety for abused, neglected and abandoned children.  The home accommodates up to 120 children from the ages of birth to 18 years.

Rainbow Cottage

Children's home of the St. Francis Care Centre

The Rainbow Cottage for children provide residential care to 30 abandoned or orphaned children from birth to 7 years of age.  The children aged between 3-7 years attend a nursery school on the premises.  Children are referred by hospitals, other NGO’s, and home-based care workers.  Most of the children referred are very ill on arrival, malnourished and developmentally delayed.

Frida Hartley 

Shelter for destitute women and children

The Frida Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children in Yeoville, Johannesburg, takes in homeless women, and their children who have endured neglect, abuse, trauma and homelessness. They shelter individuals who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet; young homeless mothers looking to kick-start their lives; and individuals going through financial difficulties (affected by retrenchment or unemployment).

The shelter is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women, through providing accommodation, psycho-social support, employment, and training. The Frida Hartley Shelter also provides nutrition and childcare to the children housed at the shelter with their mother. This allows the mothers the time they need whilst they are job hunting.

The Salvation Army, Benoni

Church and family care centre

The Salvation Army Benoni Goodwill Centre  is part of the international charitable organisation. The family care centre can house up to 80 adult residents. Due to Covid restriction capacity is currently limited to 40.

Môrester Child & Youth Care Centre, Kempton Park

Children's Home

Môrester Child & Youth Care Centre is home to nine children that have been maltreated, abused, abandoned, orphaned or have special needs. It is part of uMephi, a registered NGO. 

Môrester means morning star in Afrikaans. 

John Wesley Children's Home, Kempton Park

Home for teenage girls

The John Wesley Children’s Home is a home away from home for girls aged 12 – 18 who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned and deemed in need of care by the Court.  The home currently accommodates 13 teenage girls, all of whom attend schools in the area. The home acts as a parental home that also assists the girls with comprehensive parental support that includes psychological, spiritual and physical development.

Corporate Donors

Join our family of corporate donors

Even though Uzwela Foundation has not yet obtained NPO status, our work is already supported by Assael Architecture and John King BIM Solutions, both of which are based in the United Kingdom.

Our Current Donors:

Award-winning architects, urban designers, landscape architects, interior designers and visualisers.

A Consultancy specialising in the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) according to the ISO 19650-series.

3D Modelling for jewellery and industrial design, a one-stop design agency.