changing lives for good

 The Trustees are:

  • Larensia Rabe (Chairperson) – Social Worker with 40 years experience. Chaired board of Give a Child a Family.
  • Richard Pratt (Trustee) – member of Hilton Christian Fellowship leadership team with 18 years experience.
  • Richard Currie (Trustee) – Businessman, marketing experience
  • Rick Phipson (Trustee) – Training, Agriculture, Rural Development.
  • Lesley Peiser (Trustee) – Bookkeeping, NGO and fund raising experience.

Executive staff:

  • David A’Bear (Chief Executive Officer) – elder in Hilton Christian Fellowship with 35 years experience in rural development.

Hope Trust’s staff:


David Mokoena is leader of Hope Trust’s Development through Empowerment activities.

He was born in 1976 and lived in the Hilton College (HC) Valley community. After matriculating from the Hilton College Valley School, he worked for two years in the HC Cleaning and Valet services and then for 5 years in the Hilton College Valley Community Development Organization. Later, he spent two years with SaveAct gaining experience in developing savings and credit groups. He joined Hope Trust in 2008.

He worshipped for 14 years at the Mbutshane AOG church, in 2009 taking over the leadership. In early 2015 he resigned from this leadership role to follow his evangelistic calling and plant a church in the rural community of Bhobonono (about ten kms further west). He runs this church part-time.

His other qualifications for his present role in Hope Trust have been enhanced with courses at ACAT  (Basic Life Skills, Christian Leadership Skills to Address Poverty, Implementation of the Integrated Livelihoods Programme) and Give a Child a Family (Parenting Skills, Healthy Living and Training Facilitation).

He lives with his wife Mpume and four children in the Mbutshana area of Sweetwaters (near the Knoll).

His interest outside of work is soccer. His favourite food is imfino (spinach).


Nicholas Zondi is a fieldworker in our development empowerment project.He oversees many of the savings and credit groups, ensuring that records are being kept and that problems are ironed out when they arise.

He worked for many years in security but since 2012 he has worked with Hope Trust. He is married to Sindy (a school teacher) and lives near Mpophomeni near Howick and has five children.

He serves faithfully and is used frequently in a fathering role to guide people in the community and sometimes to advise on the raising of children. He has completed the Basic Life Skills course run by ACAT as well as the Parenting Skills course.



Daphney Khumalo is our senior home-based carer. She was born in Sweetwaters in July 1968 where she has lived all her life. In 1995 she married Patrick Khumalo with whom she has three children, Thulile (27) married with a child, Somkhelo (19) studying children and youth development at DUT, and Fundiswa (18) just out of school.

She started working with Hope Trust in 2003 and in 2004 was employed by as a Home Based Carer. She is the longest serving staff member in this ministry. A turning point came in her life after attending a weeklong Life Skills course at ACAT. After the course, in the quietness of her own home, she surrendered her life to Jesus and was ‘born-again’. She worships at a church in Sweetwaters.

Her other qualifications for this job are the desire to liberate children and adults through practical expressions of Jesus’ love and a mercy gifting. She has also studied courses in First Aid, Parenting Skills, Play Skills, Child Care, Trauma and Bereavement Counselling, Wellness and Home Based Care.

Currently her work involves offering holistic support to broken families/households in desperate need. This includes spiritual support, guidance on securing social grants and documentation, counselling in inter-personal relationships, supervising ARV and TB drugs administration, dealing with abuse and traumas experienced by women and children. She is highly committed to her client families and often walks the extra mile.

Her interests are children and gardening and her favourite food is ‘pap’ with any curry.


DSC_0011Khuthala Mkhwebula started with Hope Trust in 2010 as a Home Based Carer.  She continues in that role and is also involved in Youth Empowerment and Counselling through netball, youth workshops & holiday clubs. She assists various family members in the community to obtain documentation like Birth Certificates, Identity Documents and grants of various kinds. She is interested in gaining expertise in counselling teenage drug addicts and alcoholics. All these activities build relationships through which the gospel is shared and contributes to the rebuilding of family life.

Khuthala was born in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape, in 1988. She matriculated from Colana High School, thereafter moving to Durban to live with an aunt.  She gained experience in catering and baking.  Whilst in HT she has had training in Basic Life Skills at ACAT, Play skills from Dlalanathi,  Wellness and Counselling from C.C.P., Parenting and Healthy living courses from Give a Child a Family.

Khuthala was “born again” of the Spirit of God, as a young adult, in a Church in France  Township near Pietermaritzburg, which she attended with her Aunt.  Thereafter, she grew in faith and worship leading at SCC, under Malevu’s leadership.

Her favourite foods are vegetables and fruit.  Her interests involve netball and “socialising!”   She loves to go home to the E. Cape to visit her mother and sisters, when she is on leave.



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