Why was the Nomntu Project set up?

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Chris and Jane Devereux run a small charity in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Jane worked there for a year at the University of Fort Hare in East London on teacher education.

Seeing a cleaning woman taking stale food out of the bins at the university to feed herself and her children, made her feel something needed to be done. She came home feeling that there was an urgent need to help people in the Eastern Cape.

Her husband Chris agreed and they set about trying to help people help themselves in the area around East London in South Africa. They formed a charity called The Nomntu Project. ‘Nomntu’ is the isiXhosa word for a person who serves, cares and respects other people. The Nomntu Project has taken this name to symbolise its purpose in helping others.