Vula Amehlo is a small charitable Trust registered with the UK Charity Commission (Number 1098877). It was established in Nottingham (UK) in April of 2003. It was set up to support projects (rather than individuals) working in the countries of Southern Africa in keeping with the objects below. (Currently, we have limited resources and are unable to accept requests for help from new bodies/projects).
Currently, the Trust is supporting three projects in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland): the work of Pasture Valley Children’s Home in Nhlangano, Good Shepherd Eye Clinic in Siteki and most recently Ebenenezer Rural Clinic. Previously, our main efforts were concentrated on helping to fund the cost of cataract operations (and equipment) to restore sight for people in Eswatini – transforming them from total dependence to independence. The Trust now supports the three projects. The eye project at Good Shepherd Hospital is now supported mainly by paying for new medical equipment or for the cost of shipping redundant (but still useful) NHS equipment to Eswatini when required.
In the past, the Trust has also supported work with orphans and vulnerable children in Hawane, Eswatini and a women’s co-operative for people infected or affected by HIV in Ingwavuma, South Africa.
The Trust remains small with an income of only a few thousand pounds per year but has been able to make small but significant contributions to the work of the three projects. None of the Trustees claims any expenses from the Trust, there are no paid staff and no premises to be paid for. 0ur only costs are bank fees (mainly for international transfers) and hosting fees for our website.
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 (Now Eswatini).
- 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.
We welcome donations to support these projects. Please see our Support Us page for ways to donate.