Abathenjwa Trust | Overseeing Holistic Community Development
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Abathenjwa Trust (Means: The Trusted Ones)

Abathenjwa is a Charitable Trust with 9 Non-Executive Trustees. Below the umbrella Trust there are purpose

designed NPC’s and PC’s in each of the following focus areas:

Care for Vulnerable/Orphaned Children

Both Lily and iKhethelo Children’s Villages are Abathenjwa Trust Projects caring for about 170 orphaned and vulnerable children. Our goal is to see these children healed, empowered, loved, and equipped within holistic communities.

Community Development and Health

We oversee and expand the impact of our existing Lily Medical Centre and clinics, we are catalyst in starting, coordinating and networking at grass roots levels unto encouraging community development, and we offer crisis care to families and individuals in need.

Training and Skills Development

We support and offer Training and Skills Development for orphaned and vulnerable children exiting our villages and schools, all staff and management, other NGOs, and the community at large.

Income Generation and Enterprise Development

We oversee holdings in existing Valley Fresh Farm, the Freedom Oil Project and various other profitable ventures that exist to fund orphan care and commnuity empowerment.


Various Abathenjwa projects cover ECD through to Matric - these include Bonginkosi, Lilyvale, iKhethelo and Hope Valley Schools.

Management, Mentorship, and Professional Development

We come alongside to support, facilitate and guide growth, both organizational and human.

Find out about Abathenjwa Projects by checking out each individual organization’s website here.

These organizations are each inspiring and incredible in their own right! What makes them even more amazing is their willingness to partner with

other Abathenjwa Projects to comprehensively serve their communities with excellence.

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iKhethelo Children’s Village

Empowering orphaned children with hope by offering a home of safety and belonging to 50 kids.

Lily Medical Centre

Offering excellent health care and treatment to vulnerable children and the impoverished communities within the Eston region.

Lily of the Valley

A children’s village providing a home and comprehensive holistic care for 120 vulnerable and orphaned children.


Abathenjwa Projects


People Impacted Within the Community


Children Reached


Board Members

Meet the Abathenjwa Board of Trustees

Tuli Mhlungu
Thulisile Mhlungu , Public Interest Lawyer, Conveyancer, and Entrepreneur

Tuli has extensive experience as a facilitator, coach and trainer in both private and public sector organizations. In addition to her career, she has also found time to be a outstanding advocate for human rights and dignity within the community.

Palesa Dube
Palesa Dube, Optometrist and Entrepreneur

Palesa is both a renowned optometrist and successful entrepreneur who has build businesses with vision and a strong belief in giving back. She is also part of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) Africa, an international NGO providing eye-care education.

Paul Praschma
Paul Praschama, Financial Adviser

Paul is a Financial Advisor at Citadel Wealth Management, chairman of the Christian Sports & Business Ministry (CSBM), and a director on the “Faith Like Potatoes” board, the Christian film based on Angus Buchan’s book.

Sbu Myeni
Sbusisiwe Myeni, Founder and Managing Director of Kamusa Consulting

With a corporate career spanning over 16 years in the Banking Industry, including management positions at Standard Bank, African Bank, Motor Finance Corporation and Absa, Sbu is now the founder and Managing Director of Kamusa Consulting and the Chief Executive Officer of Imbeleko, Dr. Seni Myeni Foundation.

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Nompepho Ntloko, Social Worker

Nompepho is a veteran social worker and successful business woman whose wisdom and kindness are legendary!

Raj Moodley
Raj Moodley, Bishop of Natal for REACH

As a minister and bishop Raj has served on boards formultiple ministries, community projects and hospitals in many capacities.


Thobile Mhlungu
Dr. Thobile Mhlungu, Physician 

With a thriving practice in Pinetown, Dr. Mlungu has demonstrated his outstanding generosity by providing healthcare pro bono to orphans from various organization within the community.

Russel Addison
Russel Addison, Managing Director of The Umhlathuze Valley Sugar Company Ltd.

As a Chartered Accountant, Chairman of Umfolozi Mill Growers Pty Ltd and a director of the Umfolozi Sugar Mill in addition to being Managing Director of the Umhlathuze Velley Sugar Company Ltd. Russel offers tremendous expertise!

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Dennis Wesley, Owner of Africa Container Sales

As a businessman he has 25 years of experience in the shipping industry. He is a leading member and former President and of Hillcrest Rotary Club through whom he has championed multiple community development projects, including iKhethelo and Lily of the Valley.

Meet the Abathenjwa Executive Team

Nombuso Dimba Ndleni
Nombuso Dimba-Ndaleni, Social Worker

Nombuso is the head social worker at iKethelo Children’s Village and as such has both tremendous experience and is honored in the community as a powerful and compassionate leader.

Nic Addison
Nicholas Addison, Managing Director of iKhethelo Children’s Village

As managing director of iKehthelo Children’s Village, Nic oversees a wide range of projects, initiatives, and services to the KwaNyusya and Embo communities. In addition he is father to 50 orphaned children!

Brendan Stapleton
Brendon Stapleton, Managing Director of Lily of the Valley

As managing director of Lily of the Valley Brendon expertly oversees the orphanage, clinic, school, and various other community projects that Lily runs.

Thula Mncwabe
Thula Mncwabe, Chief Operations Officer at Lily of the Valley

Known and loved as “Bab’u Thula,” which literally means Father Thula, by 120 orphaned children at Lily of the Valley, Thula is a compassionate and experienced leader bringing vital change within his community.

Siyanda Chonco
Siyanda Chonco, South African Director of Loving South Africa

Siyanda has a rich history working with local NGO’s, empowering grassroots movements, and and leading efforts for change in rural South Africa. As the previous Executive Director of Light Providers and the current Director in of Loving South Africa Siyanda brings crucial wisdom and insight to our board!

We believe that by working together, across fields and in multiple aspects of communal life, we can bring profound, wonderful, and lasting change.