South Africa Outreach

In a community where material goods can be taken away from you at any moment...

the power of education runs deeper than simple equations or reading exercises. Our sponsorship program, in partnership with 3 local schools, ensures that each student receives the opportunity to spend the day safe from the dangers of their neighborhoods, to learn curriculum and character from dedicated mentors, and to develop dreams for the future. We mean it when we say education changes everything.

Why Should I Sponsor?



“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela



In addition to education, our partner schools care for the physical and emotional well-being of their students.



After-school programs provide a space where every student is safe from violence.



School meals and feeding programs allow students to learn without worrying about an empty stomach.

Our History

In 2007, Brentwood United Methodist Church funded the construction of a building for Brentwood Society Church in the Tumbleweed community of Howick (now known as Brentwood Methodist Church South Africa). Today, this thriving congregation has an active pre-primary school serving the children in Tumbleweed.

In 2008, Brentwood United Methodist Church partnered with Howick Methodist Church to expand Thembelihle Preschool into a primary school. Today, Thembelihle and Angels' Care Centre serve the children in Shiyabazali and Mpophomeni through education and crisis intervention.

In 2020, Brentwood United Methodist Church connects sponsors with 395 students and 40 teachers across 3 partner schools – Brentwood Methodist Church Preschool, Thembelihle School, and Angels' Care Centre. Each school offers a God-centered educational foundation, as well as emotional and spiritual care.

Meet Mama Malinga

"Since [Brentwood Methodist Church] preschool opened, you see miracles of God happening. Kids can eat. They can wear clothes like other children. This is what I fight for. Through the strength of God, I have hope."

Lay Leader. Feeding Program Director. Change Maker.

Our Partner Schools

  • Angels' Care Centre

    Preschool & Crisis Centre

    Angels' Care was established in 2001 by concerned residents of Howick to provide for the holistic and optimal growth of children from indigent homes in the Umngeni Municipal area. It strives to accomplish this by providing not only for the basic needs of the children it serves but through access to health care and other human services as well as by providing excellent educational services.

    The preschool focuses on early childhood development by providing a loving, caring place where children receive the mental, physical and spiritual stimulation that is essential for the development of their young minds and bodies. All of the preschool children also receive a nutritious, cooked lunch every day before going home.

    In 2015, Angels' Care opened The Crisis Centre to help children who are victims of gender-based violence, abuse and neglect. Angels' Care provides access to all the necessary social, medial and legal services required to ensure the survivor receives care and assistance in one location and in a timely manner.

  • Brentwood Methodist Church South Africa

    Pre-Primary School

    Brentwood Pre-primary School provides the highest quality preschool education with a child-centric approach to teaching, learning, and spirituality. It serves the Mpophomeni and Tumbleweed communities by providing early childhood education that is responsive to current best practices and principles, in partnership with families, the church, and the community.

  • Thembelihle School

    Preschool & Primary School

    Thembelihle is an independent school providing quality education to young children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the villages surrounding Howick region, within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is a registered non-profit organization catering to over 300 children from preschool to grade 7, covering ages 4 to 14.

Meet Sameake

"I want to be a chemical engineer, but I don't want to be a chemical engineer just to benefit myself. I want to learn to help other people who can't afford things. It's all about helping other people. That's what life is about."

Student. Servant Leader. Goal Setter.

Where Are We?

Our 3 partner schools serve the Tumbleweed community, Mpophomeni township, and Shiyabazali informal settlement around Howick. Howick is located in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.

  • What is an informal settlement?

    Informal settlements are housing areas that are built on municipal land. In South Africa, these settlements are found in a variety of areas and are home to a large percentage of the country’s impoverished population.

    Many informal settlements in South Africa are connected to the Apartheid era, when government policies systematically segregated people based on race from housing, education and job opportunities.

Ways To Get Involved



Sponsor a child or teacher for the whole school year. South African schools begin classes in February of each year.

Sponsor a student



Give a general donation that helps cover other costs at our partner schools. Click 'one time gift' and select South Africa Donation (Not Sponsorship) from the dropdown menu.

Give online



Attend our annual sponsorship dinner where we celebrate what God has done at our 3 partner schools in the last year and invite our community into deeper partnership.

Learn more



We take an annual trip to South Africa to visit our mission partners. The 2020 trip has been canceled due to COVID-19.