working with the poorest rural communities in South Africa
to save lives and improve health
to give every child the chance of a quality education
to enable local people to change their own lives

Latest News from our Programme Teams

Improving Health
Improving Health

76-year-old Nxele is up and about after his stroke

In September last year, Nxele Koko suffered a stroke which left him unable to use his left leg.

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Developing Education
Developing Education

“You saved me!” says embattled Head Teacher

Babalwa Mtumtum runs a school of 1200 extremely disadvantaged pupils where the smallest class holds 85 children, an exhausting task of leadership by any standards.

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Caring for Orphans

Stuart Barnes Visits Child-headed Families

“The Eastern Cape is possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, but it is also the saddest,”  said Sky TV Presenter and former England rugby star, Stuart Barnes  

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Investing in Local People
Investing in Local People

300 local people to be trained as Community Health Workers

With the first stones of the new Training Centre to be laid in just a few  weeks,  the building’s first major training project has already been scheduled.

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Where We Work

The Donald Woods Foundation's primary focus is on the most severely deprived and isolated areas of South Africa's Eastern Cape where millions survive without piped water, sewage systems, electricity, roads or public transport in parts of the region, unemployment runs at 89%...

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“The most effective HIV treatment and care programme in rural South Africa” 

 - Tricia Sibbons, Co-founder, HIV International