Ubuntu aims to transform the lives of children in townships around Port Elizabeth

Ubuntu aims to transform the lives of children in townships around Port Elizabeth

Directory of South African charities working in UK

Looking to support a UK-based South African cause? Did you realise there are more than 20 South African charities active in Britain? They are all listed here in alphabetical order, for ease of reference.

Ubuntu aims to transform the lives of children in townships around Port Elizabeth

Ubuntu aims to transform the lives of children in townships around Port Elizabeth

Action for Southern Africa

Action for Southern Africa (Actsa) works to eradicate poverty, support rights, justice, sustainable development and democracy across southern Africa.


Afrika Tikkun UK

AFRIKA Tikkun UK raises funds to support the work of Afrika Tikkun, an award winning child development charity in South Africa providing community based education and health care programmes for underprivileged children in the townships.



Amref is the largest health charity in Africa. Amref works in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania and Senegal. 97% of its staff are African. It aims to transform Africa’s health from within the continent through training and support for local people, helping communities to create lasting and sustainable health change.


Breadline Africa

Breadline Africa is a Cape Town based UK-registered charity supporting early childhood development centres and skills training for young people in some of the most deprived areas of SA. The charity also converts old shipping containers into libraries, classrooms, soup kitchens and ablution blocks for schools.


Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust

Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust is a UK/South Africa based organisation that promotes higher education and social justice in southern Africa by providing scholarships to exceptional students who are dedicated to contributing to social change.

The Trust also has partnerships with civil society organisations in South Africa (including Equal Education and the Legal Resources Centre).


Children’s Hospital Trust South Africa

The Children’s Hospital Trust South Africa raises funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and support paediatric healthcare in South Africa.

Chiva Africa

Chiva Africa sends volunteer teams of doctors, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and psychologists to South Africa to provide mentoring and training to those working on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic – ensuring the best long term care for its most vulnerable victims.



clouddog offers inner city young people an intensive twelve-month programme of personal development, skills acquisition and activity in environmental and conservation issues.


Education for Democracy in South Africa

Education for Democracy in South Africa is a small West Oxford based charity which has been in existence since 1989 including during the years of apartheid. EDSA developed through a strong link with educationalists working within the Cape Town area, who were striving to ensure that as many disadvantaged black South Africans as possible had access to education and training.

EDSA’s focus for support at the moment, both financialially and through advice and guidance, is a rural township project called Net Vir Pret in the Overberg area of the Western Cape.


FoodBank South Africa

FoodBank South Africa (FoodBank SA) is leading a large-scale co-ordinated effort to establish food banks in communities with the highest concentration of food insecure people. The food bank rescues and procures food (and essential non-food groceries) usually from donors such as producers, manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, individuals and other organisations.


Friends of Amasango

The Friends of Amasango is the UK charity that supports the work of the Amasango Career School in Grahamstown, South Africa. This special needs school enables street children to obtain a primary education and build self-esteem.


Goodwill and Growth for Africa UK (GAGA)

GAGA UK works in Southern Africa and elsewhere, supporting children and communities in the poorest areas. Their aim is to develop education, healthcare, welfare and empowerment.



help2read is a registered South African and UK non-profit which works through training local volunteers to develop literacy skills in South African primary school children. Help2read operates in the Western Cape, Gauteng and North-West, with an office in London. New volunteers welcome to start the 2014 school year.


Helwel Trust

Helwel Trust UK mainly supports two charities working in northern KwaZulu-Natal: Training and Resources in Early Education (Tree); and African Co-operative Action Trust (Acat). Tree trains pre-school teachers and makes and distributes educational toys and equipment to pre-schools, while Acat assists people in rural areas to develop sustainable agriculture or entrepreneurial development.


Jo’burg Child Welfare

Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW) provides direct services to children aged 0 — 18 and through our Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Forum, we assist community based organisations in providing services to orphaned and vulnerable children within the communities they serve.


Love is All We Need

Love is All We Need is a UK-based charity that provides for the basic needs of children suffering the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. The charity provides food, medicine and care to AIDS orphans in Sweetwaters, a community in KwaZulu Natal.



mothers2mothers train, employ, and empower Mentor Mothers, who are mothers living with HIV, to work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centres as members of the healthcare team. In one-on-one and group sessions, Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and psychosocial support to other HIV-positive mothers on how they can protect their babies from HIV infection, and keep themselves and their families healthy.


Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK fundraise for and publicises the work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in South Africa. The organisation and its partners are working to get disabled children into school, to identify and protect children who are vulnerable having lost parents to the HIV/Aids pandemic, to help the most vulnerable children who are refugees, or displaced from their families as a result of poverty and family breakdown and to help young people develop skills for work.


Rhodes University Trust

The  Rhodes University Trust UK provides funding and support for educational activities conducted by Rhodes University and other educational institutions and initiatives in Grahamstown and the surrounding area.


SA-UK Trust Network

The SA-UK Trust Network enables a forum where representatives of UK-based Trusts and Charities, supporting their South African partner organisations, can interact and further their common purpose:  the development and upliftment of South Africa.


SOS Africa Children’s Charity

The SOS Africa Children’s Charity is a small, non-profit, UK registered, predominantly volunteer-run Somerset charity, which funds the education and care of underprivileged African township children.


Starfish Greathearts Foundation

Starfish supports Aids orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa by working with partner organisations in local communities to provide holistic care, including nutrition, education , shelter, and psychological support.



Tutudesk provides portable school desks to children in Sub Saharan Africa, where over 95 million children don’t have the benefit of a classroom desk. To date over 1 million desks have been distributed. The Tutudesk Campaign aims to provide 20 million desks to 20 million children by 2020.


Ubuntu Education Fund

Ubuntu Education Fund works with children on a daily basis at every step of their development and provides such essentials as pencils and clothing to HIV treatment, holiday camps and career guidance.


The University of Cape Town Trust

The University of Cape Town Trustis a UK registered charitable trust set up in 1991 to build support for South Africa’s leading and oldest university. It raises funds from UK and Europe based foundations, companies and individuals for projects at UCT and organises events for UCT alumni living in the UK and helps them to stay in touch with their alma mater.


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