The Story of the CHABAHIVA Trust

In 2004 the Evangelical Churches of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany initiated the “Church and Business against HIV & AIDS” programme.

The identification of workplaces as key areas for effective HIV and AIDS interventions, together with the cooperation between church and business, represented an innovative response to the serious challenges of the HIV epidemic.

The initiative started in South Africa with projects in German-linked businesses as well as on farms in rural communities.

Well-equipped organisations provided information, counselling, voluntary HIV testing with follow-up and referrals. Family relationships and the broader context of the community were also taken into consideration. Confidentiality contributed to reduced stigma and safer work environments.

Significant participation in voluntary HIV testing testified to the effectiveness of these services.

In 2009 stakeholders in the initiative jointly proposed to establish a not for profit Trust whose principal objective would be to implement compassionate responses to HIV and AIDS in identified areas. The cooperation between church and business remained a key emphasis.

With the continued support from the Waldensian Church’s Otto per Mille the Trust could continue supporting Thol’ulwazi Thol’mpilo [page about Thol’ulwazi] in Mpumalanga province. This support was broadened with significant support for Tapologo [page about Tapologo] in North West province.

Complementing this “programme support” CHABAHIVA Trust also initiated HIV interventions and projects where clear needs have been identified. The Trust found beneficial cooperative partners in the Field Band Foundation and the CDDC Trust while CABSA implemented new projects as a service provider.

the Church’s response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic in those areas with a specific focus on work places.

Looking forward

CHABAHIVA Trust will continue to broaden its reach through cooperation and through new projects. We value a multi-sectoral approach that involves churches and businesses and collaborates with the Department of Health.

We look forward to collaborate with more stakeholders from both church and business sides. Cooperation with the Trust provides them a wonderful opportunity to expand the influence of their responses to the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

With the support of Otto per Mille the Trust maintains a cost-effective organisation that provides an effective conduit of funds to support effective programmes or broaden projects. Contributors are assured that the Trust monitors and guides interventions to be in line with recent developments in the field of HIV and AIDS, as well as with policies of the National Department of Health.


The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are all influential people in their different constituencies and bring their expertise and connectedness to the Trust.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for directing the Trust and ensuring its sustainability:

Prof Nico Koopman (Chairperson)
Bishop Ndanganeni Phaswana
Dr Brian Brink
Dr Ulrich Möller
Bishop Kevin Dowling
Prof Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel
Mr Willem Erasmus
The Trust Manager, Nelis du Toit, is responsible for the operational management of the Trust.
Rev Ute Hedrich assists the Trust as consultant.

Read more about the Trustees of the CHABAHIVA Trust here


Health and Wellness

Legal and organisational information

The Trust has been registered at the South Gauteng High Court with registration: IT 3101 / 2009.

The Trust has been approved as a Public Benefit Organisation by SARS with the number: 930045684.

The finances of the Trust are audited annually by Bernard Shaw Ouditeure Ing.

Physical Address: 26 Longifolia Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, 7600. South Africa
Postal Address: P.O. Box 3103, Matieland, 7602 Stellenbosch, 7602. South Africa
Telephones: +27 (0)83 558 0153

Funding and finances

Through the three Evangelical Churches of North Rhine Westphalia a funding relationship has been established with the Waldensian Church’s Otto per Mille in Italy.

The Trust restricts its overhead costs so that funding received and donations can be utilised effectively for projects and the support of programmes.



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