Welcome to the website of the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust (formerly the University of Natal UK Trust), a UK-based charity providing help for needy students at the University in South Africa since 1991.
The objects of the Trust are: “To support and advance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the education of people in need so far as the same is charitable by the law of England.”
What we do
The Trust provides assistance to students in need at the University of KwaZulu-Natal through bursaries and allowances. It raises funds for this from alumni and supporters in the UK who wish to see such students succeed. The Trustees value engagement with the individual students being helped, which is an important part of the charity’s ethos.
What we have achieved
The Trust has given financial help to about 400 students from low-income households over the years since 1991. The support has made a vital difference in sustaining them through their studies, allowing them to graduate and go on to professional careers. The clear benefit to them, their families, communities and South Africa cannot be quantified easily. But the students’ tributes on this site give an indication of the importance of the charity’s help to them. In the past few years, the Trust has been able to assist 15 students a year.
Our goals for the future
The Trustees wish to build support for the charity more widely among alumni in the UK and others who might wish to promote education in South Africa. New initiatives such as better use of this website and social media are seen as key to engaging with donors and reaching more people who share the Trust’s aims and are prepared to back its work. It is hoped this will allow the Trust to maintain or even increase the numbers of students it can help.
Appeal for support
If you can help in other ways, such as with fund-raising, do contact us.
Praise for extraordinary generosity of two donors
Posted November 22nd, 2023