Vuleka Trust is an NGO that was officially formed in 1974 (originally called Inchanga Christian Centre and renamed The Vuleka Trust in 1989) by the Methodist and Anglican Churches to address the need for development work and a reasonable camp and conference venue for the churches in KwaZulu Natal. The Roman Catholic Church of Southern Africa joined the partnership in 1979. Today Vuleka Centre is a comprehensive non-profit organisation administered by the Vuleka Trust: a board whose trustees are drawn from the Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches. Vuleka has always welcomed all denominations and faiths.
The conference centre which is known as Vuleka Centre is nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is thus ideally located to offer cozy and affordable accommodation to the province, as well as to guests from further afield who would like to experience community in its warmest form. Expanses of green lead on to comfortable rooms and communal places, lush gardens and a breathtaking view. It is here that people gather to be ‘awakened to a new way of living’.
All programmes that are run by The Vuleka Trust are run from the conference centre. These form a variety of programmes aimed at improving the ways in which we, as people of faith, understand and manage our rich diversity, and equip people to make a meaningful contribution in the field of education and growth.
A special focus of Vuleka has been on youth development and leadership programmes and the organisation is most noted for the National Youth Leadership Programme run from the 70’s to the early 90’s. Many of our present leaders in both the Church and the broader Society were trained by Vuleka. During the late 80’s the organisation sought to work with youth in schools and started the Community Service in Schools Programme which saw the growth and development of young teens in school. These upstanding citizens are now making a difference in their communities and their working environments. Sadly through funding constraints these programmes were closed by the end of the 90’s, this led to new and innovative adult-based programmes being developed.
Throughout the 2000’s Vuleka’s Managing Diversity programmes offered three courses which were designed to gently and naturally guide the participant through a journey of confrontation (of structural injustices), through dealing with our personal prejudice, and finally towards healing, of our own pain and pain caused to others, through our prejudice. Vuleka’s acclaimed DEE course has proven to be a key aspect in the formation of many of our trainers and leaders today. “This course is quite literally the most valuable course I have ever attended. The principles are applicable to every event, whether a one-hour workshop or a week long seminar. It provides essential skills to every facilitator.”
(Rev Dr Norman Hudson)
Vuleka has a long history serving the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond, towards peace building, reconciliation and advancing human rights in a geographical area which continues to struggle against inherent racism, sexism and other structural injustices.
The Vuleka Vision
To be a beacon of hope and love, where a world awakened to a new way of living is indeed possible.
The Vuleka Mission Statement
Vuleka Trust seeks to build on its Christian ethos and values by being:
- A sacred space for worship and connection with God
- An organisation that promotes inclusivity
- An organisation that seeks to engage the world with compassionate justice
- An organisation that seeks always to fight injustice and promote reconciliation within its programmes and plant
- Providing training and development opportunities to communities, especially youth, seeking to grow and develop into their full potential.
Mission for Youth Programme
By focusing on youth within KwaZulu Natal, Vuleka Trust seeks to create and train social activists:
- To empower the youth of KwaZulu Natal for a life of potential
- A desire that the youth of KwaZulu Natal become integrated people, finding purpose and wholeness in their lives
- To build youth capacity in order that our youth may become meaningful and valued members of society
- Imparting skills, values and leadership tools in order that youth who do not have the opportunity to attend higher education become employable in a competitive job market
- Young people with the ability to see injustice in their communities and the confidence to stand up and speak out
- Developing youth community facilitators, who take the knowledge imparted upon them back into their communities to raise up further new leaders