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project gateway


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Project Gateway is based in an old prison in the city of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. In 1991, The Old Prison became available following its closure in 1989, and was given to Project Gateway to use. It was converted into a centre for several church based community development projects. Through these projects, the Church was able to reach out, meet people in their crisis need, and empower them to be self sufficient.

Given the alarming statistics surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and unemployment levels and the vulnerability of certain groups within our society, we aim to run effective and dynamic programmes, providing salt and light to the world, changing lives and impacting communities.

Over the years, Project Gateway has supported a huge variety of projects as they reached out to the local communities. Today, twenty years on, we aim to equip and empower local people through our empowerment, care and education programmes:


computer centreOur Empowerment programmes comprise the Gateway School of Fashion, a Computer Literacy Training School and a business skills training course and mentorship programme for local crafters.

Since the training programmes started, we have empowered hundreds of people, some of whom are running their own successful small businesses.


Through Ethembeni, our health and welfare department, we provide education, care and support in health related needs - mainly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and TB. We support a 15+ creches, and provide food vouchers to those in need, Our Overnight Shelter provides a safe haven,  accommodation and meals for the homeless on a daily basis, and our boarding home for orphaned and vulnerable children, or those with other special circumstances provides a safe and caring environment for some of the children enrolled at Gateway Christian School.


playtimeGateway Christian School, a registered independent primary school, seeks to provide good quality education at affordable fees for many of the children in the local area who would not normally have access to such a level of education.

We currently have 500 children from Grades RR through to Grade 7, and are in the process of building four new classrooms as the school continues to expand.

Please visit our Statistics page to see the impact these programmes have had to date, or for more information about a specific programme based at Project Gateway, click one of the options from the side panel.

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