Giving is not just about making a donation It is about making a difference !    Kathy Kelvin – CEO  and President United Nations Foundation                                   

Goods in kind and once off donations are very important to us as it fills the immediate needs of beneficiary needs but Quote2 personal involvement, financial pledges and partnerships through monthly or annual giving assists Umusa to get projects sustainable and makes a lasting impact on beneficiaries.


Account Name         Umusa Community Projects NPC
Bank                        Nedbank Margate
Account type           Current Account
Account number      1103249509
Branch Code            180005
SWIFT Code              NEDSZAJJ




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To protect the identity and confidentiality of children and people, photographs do not identify the names of beneficiaries 


“Positively and Practically impacting the lives of Vulnerable people”

The Umusa Mission is two-fold:

  • Embarking on a journey with emerging NGO’s that demonstrate ownership and commitment to their projects – building their capacity on governance, management and programs –  to become sustainable
  • To fill the gap where services are lacking in communities for Children with Disabilities, Mental Health Wellness, Step-down Facility for Brain injured adults, Early Childhood Development and IT training for Learners, School Leavers and community members


Umusa Community Projects are provided in the Ugu District of KwaZulu Natal where 86% of the population live in disadvantaged rural and deep rural areas.

We believe that working in partnership with communities,beneficiaries,traditional leaders, government and the business sector as well as maintaining string and lasting relationships with our donors – results in the most positive outcomes for beneficiaries. THE PRINCIPAL OF UBUNTU APPLIES – “IF YOU ARE WELL WE ARE ALL WELL” .



  • Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Program  


The ECD Center commenced in Nositha in early 2009 specifically for orphaned and vulnerable children, cared for by old women in the community who could not afford early learning opportunities for their children.   3 Unemployed women in Nositha were trained on the BrainBoosters Early Childhood Development Methodology and currently 30 children aged 4-5 years old are on the program each year, prior to being enrolled in the community government school. 

Children learn the building blocks for all future learning through modules on Colours, Shapes,Numbers, My Body, Animals and Food and participate in fun activities and nutritious meals and snacks to ensure healthy development. The Center furthermore serves as a reference site where families and children at risk are identified, assisted and where required referred to Social Workers for Disability, Pension and Child Grants or additional services.

  • Computer Training and Internet Service

Umusa entered into partnership with the progressive Mkhatshana J.S.  School because of their focus on Computer Training for 400 learners, school leavers and community members  – providing access to the Internet for Banking and other services – opening a whole world of information at the IT Laboratory.

                                                                                                                       The school also hosted a Career Expo                                                                                                                     recently to guide learners on career choices. 


  •   Developmental and Occupational Therapy for Children living with profound Disabilities 

Children with profound disabilities are often cared for in institutions that can ill afford specialized services. In close cooperation with Government Hospital Rehabilitation Teams who visit the centers on a monthly basis. The Umusa therapists provides therapy to 90 children at three centers 2 – 3 times a week to develop every child to his/her full potential and improve their quality of life.

Passive exercises focus mainly on improving the mobility of Children t3o prevent further contractures and muscle and skeletal atrophy. Play therapy is used as a therapeutic intervention to help children interact with others, develop relationships, minimize aggressive behaviour, improve speech and other communication skills. Music therapy is not only fun but also increases attention span and acts as a medium for pain management. The BrainBoosters methodology, African Nursery Rhymes and Stories, basic independence skills and caregiver training contributes to the children’s well being. Nutrition forms an integral part of improving skin integrity, growth and development. PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES ! 

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  • Wellness Center and Step- down Facility for Brain Injured and Mentally challenged People

Assisted Walking Aids

Summerlee House commenced 17 years ago with the near fatal parachute accident of Ted Summerlee that left him as a paraplegic. Situated in Ramsgate, Summerlee provides 24 hour care and rehabilitation to 6 patients who are brain or spinal injured or who suffer from other mental challenges ( Stroke, Alzheimer, Dementia). Summerlee also provides care as a Step-down Facility for patients who have been discharged from hospital but require further rehabilitative care. Respite Care is provided to patients who are being cared for by their families who need a well deserved break.

People can also visit Summerlee House for passive exercises, massage, water therapy and individual rehabilitation services. 



  • The Ikhanzi Wellness Center 






Ikhanzi is an emerging Non-Governmental Organization, founded by Mr. Dennis Hlongwa, 3 staff and  28 Volunteers.  The Center is situated in Deshwula (Ward 1 Umzumbe) which has been identified as “the poorest in the region”. The community has been severely traumatized due to faction fighting, witchcraft practices and “muti”-murders, a high rate of substance abuse and subsequent trauma and mental disorders. Ikhanzi is currently functioning from a house made available by a shopkeeper and the traditional council has donated a plot of Agriculture land for further development. The Ward Councillor and the community are actively involved. At the center clients are supervised to take their medication, are taught basic skills such as reading and writing, do basket weaving and bead work. Whilst the plot of land is being cleaned to commence the Agriculture project, a small scale Agriculture project at the facility is done  in Tractor Tyres. 

The house has also been furnished through kind donations of household furniture and the Department of Health is providing programmatic support whilst Umusa is building capacity, directing resources to the center and funding the nutrition program.

  • Othandweni Care Center for Children with Disabilities  

Solera International (Pty) Ltd. built a facility for 15 residential and 10 Day care children with profound mental and physical disabilities in the Gamalakhe community. Umusa was appointed as the mentors to build capacity of the 6 Board members and 12 staff, act as the funding conduit for the South African subsidiary of Solera, Audatex (Pty) Ltd. The Umusa therapist provides occupational and developmental therapy to the 23 children.


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About Us




Umusa Community projects is registered with CIPC as a Non-Profit Company, registration number NPC 2015/076173/08 as well as with the NPO Directorate (Department of Social Development) as a Non-Profit Organization, number 160-234 NPO.  


A group that thinks alike about “doing life with people”, going on a journey with them and thereby fulfilling Umusa’s Vision.
7 Pastor Larry Elliott (Chairman)

Larry, the “leader of the Umusa pack” is the founder and Senior Pastor of Rhema South Coast Family Church and has a passion for reaching out to people who are broken and burdened to renew their minds and give them a future and a hope.


Mthunzi Mbewana (Vice Chair)

Mthunzi Mbewana Michael is a school principal who strives to make a difference in people’s lives through their children and youth.


Nozuko Bashe  (Secretary)

Nozuko Bashe-Nogobela is a teacher who impacts desperate communities through the lives  of vulnerable children.

 IMG_9551 Dr. Brendan Singh (MD) – Director
Dr. Brendan Singh is the Trauma Director  at Netcare Margate Hospital  and his specialties are acute medical emergencies & acute trauma . He brings his valuable medical knowledge to the advantage of Umusa’s beneficiaries. 

 IMG_0697 Dr. Femi Olowookrun (Dentistry)

Dr. Femi Olowookorun is in charge of dental services at Department of Health and adds his valuable passion for the poor and needy to the Umusa Board of Directors.


Schalk Coetzee (Projects Manager)

Schalk obtained a BA Admission at Stellenbosch, was a senior manager in the mining industry and is experienced in working with communities. He is also an accredited Facilitator, Moderator and Assessor and heads up the Umusa Operations.

 IMG-20151108-WA0001-2 Elize Coetzee ( Admin,Finance and Resource Development)

Elize, a qualified nurse by profession, spent the first 22 years of her career in management in the Pharmaceutical industry where after she entered the NGO sector working mostly in the Health Sector providing ante-natal services to disadvantaged women in informal settlements, Early Childhood Development and prior to her retirement in 2015 was a Director at a Child Protection Organization for 11 years.


Kim Nell Therapeutic Programs and Wellness Center

Kim has years of experience with people who are brain injured and children with disabilities. Her journey commenced with the near fatal parachute accident of her son Ted. Trained over many years by some of the best Neuro Surgeons and Rehabilitation Teams nationally and internationally, she has a passion to develop each person to his/her full potential. Kim also has a BA Fine Arts Degree which is utilized for the Marketing material of Umusa and other emerging organizations.

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Contact Us


Physical Address Office 7 – 2nd Floor Suites       “78” Marine Drive
Margate 4275
Cell: Schalk 072 655 8576 (Project Manager)
Elize: 083 556 7825 (Admin, Finance and Resource Development)
Postal Address P.O. Box 2039
Margate 4275
Phone/Fax : 039 3120421

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