Kwa Thintwa School for The Deaf

Kwa Thintwa (the Zulu word meaning “To be Touched”) was founded at a meeting in the Inchanga Roman Catholic Mission on the 1st February 1980 by our late Archbishop, Denis E Hurley.

There was no deaf education available to the rural community at that time. A chance meeting between our late Archbishop Denis Hurley and a young child who was deaf and unable to be educated was the beginning of what is now the “Kwa Thintwa School for the Deaf”. The school officially opened its doors to the first intake of 40 deaf children in February 1981.

Archbishop Hurley was duly elected Chairman of the Board of Management of the newly formed school and also as a representative of the Sponsoring Body, which is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Durban. Cardinal Wilfrid F Napier OFM, our present Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Durban is Chairman and a Trustee of the sponsoring Body.

Kwa Thintwa School manages to continue to provide a safe haven for these children even in the tough economic times which we find ourselves today. This is made possible through the thoughtful donations received.

Please help us to continue helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Your donation large or small makes a difference to the lives of these children.



Some ways in which you can help:-

  • Become a donor and enjoy tax benefits on your donation/s. Our Banking details are:

Bank: First National Bank

Account Name: Kwa Thintwa Development Fund

Account No: 61079008574

Branch Code: 22 04 26

  • Donation of Goods and Rendering of Services.
  • Bequest Donations.

The choices are endless and the sky is the limit.

Please contact Norma Oosthuysen at the Archdiocese of Durban, Chancery Office on 031 3031417 if you would like to know more.