About Vula Amehlo Trust

Vula Amehlo Trust LogoVula Amehlo is a small charitable Trust registered with the UK Charity Commission (Number 1098877). It was established in Nottingham (UK) in April of 2003. We were set up to support projects (rather than individuals) working in the countries of Southern Africa in keeping with our objects below. (Currently, we have limited resources and are unable to accept requests for help from new bodies/projects).

Currently, the Trust is focusing on raising funds for the work of Pasture Valley Children's Home in Nhlangano, Swaziland. Previously, our main efforts were concentrated on helping to fund the cost of cataract operations (and equipment) to restore sight for people in Swaziland - transforming them from total dependence to independence. The Trust now supports the eye project at Good Shepherd Hospital by paying for new medical equipment or for the cost of shipping redundant (but still useful) NHS equipment to Swaziland.
In the past, the Trust has also supported work with orphans and vulnerable children in Hawane, Swaziland and a women's co-operative for people infected or affected by HIV in Ingwavuma, South Africa.

The Trust remains small with income of only a few thousand pounds per year but has been able to make small but significant contributions to the work of Pasture Valley and has also purchased essential equipment for the eye surgery project. None of the Trustees claim any expenses from the Trust and our only costs are bank fees (for international transfers) and hosting fees for our website.

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We are now registered with Virgin Money Giving. This makes it very easy to donate to Vula Amehlo Trust or for you to organise a fundraising event to support the Trust. Virgin Money Giving provide all the tools you need to set up a fundraising page. Virgin Money Giving can also collect gift-aid on our behalf. We are happy to allocate the funds that you raise to either Pasture Valley or the eye project if you let us know your preference. Click on one of the buttons below to either donate or to fundraise via Virgin Money Giving:

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The Name

Vula Amehlo means “Open your eyes” in Siswati and Zulu. These are two of the main languages in the areas we support. It is chosen to literally signify the work with blindness and eye problems but also metaphorically to suggest an awakening or ”eye-opening” to new situations/opportunities.

Our Charitable Objects:

  • To support, advance and promote the prevention and relief of suffering caused by blindness or eye disorders in Swaziland.
  • To provide support to projects and organisations working in Southern Africa to alleviate suffering and poverty of individuals with HIV/AIDS, their families or their remaining dependants following their death.
  • To advance and promote the provision of education, medical care and services or the relief of poverty, sickness or distress among the peoples of Southern Africa.