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Our History

Where it all began


Our Establishment

Ethembeni was established by members of the Howick Community Church in November 2000 as a social outreach programme in the township of Mpophomeni, about 12kms outside the town Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

For the first 17 years Ethembeni was focused on families affected by HIV and AIDS. Between 2012 and 2017 there was an abundance of funding available to NGO’s to help address the HIV and AIDS crisis. We set up mobile HIV testing and counselling teams, a four bed house to care for very ill AIDS patients as well as a home based care outreach.


HIV/AIDS Support

From 2017 funding streams for addressing HIV and AIDS stopped altogether as government clinics and hospitals became the main service providers for testing, counselling and everything related to HIV and AIDS. The introduction and distribution of ARV’s was and has made a huge impact on the wellness of HIV positive people.

We prayed and persevered, we listened to the community and we focused on two of our programmes addressing some of the vital needs in the community – Maternal Health, Education Support and Family support which was mainly food relief.


Volunteer Work

On Thursdays we had a large team of volunteers as well as international volunteers who would go out into the communities to minister and pray with very ill patients and their families. These volunteers did amazing work, through sharing the gospel and through showing care they gave people home. Many of these volunteers still support financially today.

In 2012 we started a Maternal Health programme, working with pregnant women and in 2014 we formalised our Education Support programme at our family centre which assists school going children with homework, projects and life skills.

Pregnancy Centre

At the end of 2020 we opened our Pregnancy Centre in the old Care Centre, dedicated to serving women with regards to maternal health. We have a rich history of serving communities in the Natal midlands, walking with families through their hardship and pain and assisting them to move into a place of wholeness and resilience.

Today we are still a passionate group of Jesus followers who love to serve God’s people.

We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.(1 John 4:6)


In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness.


(Titus 2:7-8

1  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
2  It is like precious oil poured on the head,  running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.
3  It is as if the dew of Hermon  were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3)

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