Project Khulani

The design put together with the drawings done by the children
The design put together with the drawings done by the children

Project Khulani is mechanism we hope will help Khulani Special School rise to the challenge of maintaining and growing the school’s staff and facilities to meet the increasing demand for special needs care in the area.

While the new school is the most incredible gift to the children, the running costs are estimated to be a mimimum of R50 000 per month. These costs are expected to go up extensivley once the school is open and the level of funding from the Department of Education has not been determined. These average monthly costs are very high, too high for the people in his rural community to cover.

It is for this reason, that manager of Zuka Private Game Reserve Paula Louw and one of its owners Keith Upton, CEO of Durban-based company Nyati Textiles, started looking at ways to sustain the school and came up with Project Khulani.



Using the skills and know-how of Nyati Textiles, Project Khulani involves the creation of the Khulani range, which includes items such a range of high end bags that are made from a design based on drawings done by the KSS children depicting African animals. All proceeds from Project Khulani will be used to take care of the  following needs:

  • School equipment and teaching aids
  • Fans in the classrooms (in summer the temperature average is nearly 40°C)
  • Washing machines to alleviate the workload of the staff allowing them to focus on the children
  • The building of a food garden and ongoing maintenance
  • Overall running costs including nappies for the incontinent children
  • The on-going feeding of the children
  • Occupational therapy equipment (therapy beds, educationalgames, etc.)that can be used by the therapist who visits the school once a week.
  • Any and all sporting equipment, including but not limited to balls, hoops, cones, basket ball hoops, soccer posts, etc.
  • The rewarding of volunteers that care for the children, tend to the vegetable gardens, assist in the kitchen, drive the bus, do thelaundry, etc.
  • Most children get their medication from the clinics nearby,however, we require secure cabinets to store these medicines. A well kitted out First Aid Cabinet with all necessary contents would also be well used.

 We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help us with any time they have available.