We moved as a family to the UK in 2000. Ten years later, we had the opportunity to spend a year back in South Africa and we decided to live and work in the Karoo. As I was born in the Karoo, this is a part of South Africa that will always have a special place in my heart. During that year, I was struck by the sense of hopelessness many people experienced. I worked within some of the poorest communities and decided to set up a charity to continue work we have started when we returned in 2011.
UKUZWA was established in May 2011 and since then we have strived to give people who are controlled by the limited powers of poverty, some happiness and hope through a variety of projects. We have an annual project to ensure that more than 400 children receive Christmas Bags every year filled with surprises and joy. UKUZWA is a Zulu word which means ‘to be alive’. It is our dream to enable people to live their lives to the full – to live life instead of merely survive.
You can find out more about the work we do on our Facebook Page.