As the year runs out, so has the money…

Dear friends of Umduduzi

As 2014 draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the year. As an organisation we have had many amazing opportunities to be a part of families’ lives at one of the most tragic times. We have learnt so much from these families and their children and it has been a privilege to have walked this journey with them. We have laughed, we have cried but above all we have been blessed.

2014 has also brought many struggles. As the economic climate of the country and the world still teeters on collapse, funding has been a major issue. Our main source of funding came to an end in July 2014 and despite many proposals we have not been able to secure funding for 2015.

What does this mean?

Through our debit order scheme we have secured enough money for 2015 to ensure the continuation of our play programme, Sithandeni, at Clairwood Hospital. To all those who signed up thank you for ensuring that important component of our work can continue.

Due to the lack of “big” funding we need to reassess the other components of our work – teaching and training, direct patient care, basic child health care training and mentorship. Through the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Julia has been given paid teaching sessions (6 hours a week) which will ensure that paediatric palliative care remains a focus in the undergraduate and post-graduate curricula. Unfortunately this does not promote opportunity for the other components of our work as we do not have any funding for salaries. Therefore our basic child health care course will be suspended and direct patient services will have to be limited until such time that we are able to secure the funding required.

Are we closing?

At no stage are we closing the organisation. We believe in the work we are doing and are so grateful that through the debit order scheme we have been able to ensure Nomandla’s salary as well as the running costs of the play programme.

Thank you all for your amazing support. Please don’t stop now! We need you more than ever!

How can you help?

1) If you have not already signed up to a monthly debit order but would like to, please contact us for the form and more information on or

2) Make a once off or regular donation through PayPal on our website

3) Tell your friends and family about Umduduzi

4) Follow us on facebook, twitter and our blog.

Umduduzi wishes you all a blessed Festive Season and a productive New Year!