Helping Hands is an outreach initiative caring for orphaned and vulnerable children and  which operates in Monzi in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

The Helping Hands Trust, which was registered in 2010, was birthed out of a cry for help from the principal of the primary school in the area back in 1999, and the responsive and willing hearts of Mark and Vicci Lonsdale, a local farming couple and members of River Church, Mtubatuba.

The school is located in a community which is severely afflicted by AIDS, unemployment and poverty. Many of the households are run by single parents, or even children.    The number of orphaned children is ever increasing.     

“We are extremely blessed and desire to give something back to make a difference in others’ lives. What a privilege to be able to bless those less fortunate than us. We are aware that one day, before we know it, we will be lying prostrate before our Father, the Maker of heaven and earth. What if He says to us: What did you do with the resources I blessed you with? What did you do for my sheep who you came into contact with ? Did they see Me in you? We are sure we will feel whatever we say will be inadequate.  However, we have resolved to do our best for the God we love, and fortunately His grace abounds.”

- Mark & Vicci Lonsdale- Founders of Helping Hands

"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress."

James 1 v 27 (NIV)

latest news

Christmas in November 2016

21 Nov 2016

It was another successful Christmas in November party for Helping Hands on Friday, November 18. more

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Water borehole at Helping Hands

2 Sep 2016

We are so blessed to receive a very generous donation of 6263.15 Euros (about R100,000) more

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Partners in Christ visit

18 Jul 2016

On Saturday, July 16, Helping Hands had special visitors from the Partners in Christ more

project updates

Our Vegetable Garden Project

19 Jul 2016

Our vegetables are growing very well.  Well done to our caregiver Themba and the more

New Sponsor-A-Child Beneficiary

25 Apr 2016

Our precious 9-year old Phindile is the latest beneficiary in our Sponsor-A-Child program, bringing more

Sponsor-A-Child new beneficiaries

8 Dec 2015

Two of our children are the latest beneficiaries in our Sponsor-A-Child Programme, bringing to more


Helping Hands Newsletter 2017 #2

29 Jun 2017

Helping Hands Newsletter 2017 #2 - "Kids go where there is excitement; they stay where there is love.” more

Helping Hands Newsletter 2017 #1

30 Mar 2017

Helping Hands Newsletter 2017 #1 - “It's not how much we give but how much love more