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Welcome to the Hermanus Rainbow Trust

A leading provider of comprehensive "community and social development" services and support to hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families living in the poverty ravaged communities of the Overstrand, since 1999.

The Hermanus Rainbow Trust's head office is in Hermanus, with satellite support centres in Buffelsjag. Gansbaai, Zwelihle, Stanford and Kleinmond, covering a wide area from Betty's Bay to Buffelsjag.

Our Vision is "To rebuild the fabric of society in the poverty ravaged communities of the Overstrand."


"The Rainbow Community Business Partnership Campaign"

The Hermanus Rainbow Trust (HRT) is inviting ALL businesses in the Overstrand to join the "Rainbow Community Business Partnership Campaign"  to help the HRT combat the terrible escalation of gang activities, devastating drugs and the associated escalating crime, murder, violence and the abuse of women and children.

DRUGS - the crime catalyst.  

For a small monthly  investment of less than the cost of a business lunch,  I am appealing to every business in the Overstrand to join the "Rainbow Community Business Partnership Campaign" which will enable the HRT to expand their 5 comprehensive community and social development programmes so we can jointly tackle these problems.

It is IMPORTANT to note that any donation made to the HRT, a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO - 130001054)  is tax deductible and qualifies towards the BEE - SED Codes of Good Practice. Unlike Corporate Social Investment, Socio Economic Development (SED) is a means to support poverty ravaged communities and has a score of 5 on the BEE Scorecard.

Find our how you can provide hundreds of Orphans, Vulnerable Children ans Disadvantaged Families with HOPE and OPPORTUNITY.  More ......



The "Rainbow Business Community Partnership Campaign" has a monthly target of R50,000.00. 

"Community and Social Development" Services and Support.

To achieve our Vision we provide community and social development services and support through 5 programmes.

Our flagship programme is "Parenting Worx", a world class holistic parenting, life-skills and "early childhood development" programme that was developed jointly with Stellenbosch University.

The "Children's Circle of Support"  programme caters specifically for our orphans and vulnerable children.

Our "HIV / AIDS Awareness and Prevention" programme focuses on both adult and children's support groups, and caters for people living with AIDS.

"Sponsor a Child" is a sponsorship programme catering for both orphans and vulnerable children who desperately need assistance to survive.

The Zwelihle Pre-primary is a Grade R school in Zwelihle with 96 children, mainly for children living in Zwelihle.

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 The Challenges of Living in a Poverty Ravaged Community.

The living conditions in these communities are generally poor, for example in Zwelihle there are over 18,000 living in small shacks with no fresh water, electricity or sewerage available in the shacks. The unemployment levels are very high (71%) and the literacy levels low, with 59% earning less than R1,200 per month and 4% not having any form of income at all. It is estimated that 45% are “infected” with HIV.


However the reality is that virtually every family is “affected” by HIV in one way or another. Tragically this is further aggravated by widespread crime, gangs, drugs, violence, rape, teenage pregnancies, HIV, neglect and the abuse of women and children. 


These devastating conditions have resulted in the breakdown of family structures causing single parent families and “child-headed” households with hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families.

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Community and Social Development Services