In 1989 Ethembeni took over the blind and partially-sighted students from Vuleka School for the deaf and blind. Ethembeni now has an enrolment of around 300 students from all over Kwazulu-Natal (S. Africa), all of whom board in hostels at the school. Most of our students come from rural areas and many of their parents are unable to pay the minimum hostel fees.
Ethembeni’s holistic approach emphasizes a balance between the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social and development of each student. Students not only acquire knowledge and skills, but also develop self-esteem and mutual respect. They are guided toward taking up their rightful place in adult society as contributing citizens. Ethembeni promotes human rights and social justice.Established in 1984, Ethembeni School serves 300 physically disabled and visually impaired children from all over Kwazulu-Natal, Kingdom of the Zulu (South Africa), educating them to reach their highest potential and to become independent and responsible citizens of the community.
The name Ethembeni means “Place of Hope” and the motto Phila Ufunde – Live and Learn. At Ethembeni 300 beautiful children live, learn, and give us joy and hope.
You can make a real difference in the lives of our handicapped children by supporting ETHEMBENI and its various activities.