Fund our Future – An appeal from Nicky and Douglas Rattray to support the children of KwaZulu-Natal

Dear Friends,

In the 30 years that we have run Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, there is no doubt that 2020 has been the hardest.  We miss our guests, our friends and our family and we are so looking forward to seeing you all again.

I am writing to you, our much-loved friends today with a heartfelt appeal.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing many of the children of the local area grow up before my eyes and attend the schools supported by KHULA Education.  Many of them are children of those employed here at the Lodge or are the direct descendants of those brave soldiers who made the areas of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana famous.

And it’s not only the pupils who have grown in this time; it’s the schools themselves as they teach more and more children each year who thrive in their care.  This is shown in the consistently improving academic results year on year, but the pandemic has taken its toll.

With international travel to South Africa difficult at the moment and fundraising events prohibited globally, we are having to turn to you in order to maintain the provision that our pre-schools offer.

£500 or R10,000 will cover the entire costs of a pre-school child’s education for one academic year.

And £125 or R2,500 will cover those costs for a term.

Please donate now and help us

The beautiful landscape of KwaZulu-Natal is no substitute for a quality education.  Our ambition is to provide this for as many children as possible in David’s name, so that they might fulfil their potential and his dream.

For more information about the amazing work that KHULA Education does or how to help in different ways, please contact us on

We thank you in advance and look forward to welcoming you back to Fugitives’ Drift soon.

Nicky and Doug Rattray

October 2020

How You Can Help


Here in the Umzinyathi District, a little goes a long way.  Help us to continue our important work for the children of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana:

£500 will provide a child with a Pre School Education

£200 will pay the salary of one teacher assistant for a month

£150 will buy a month of data to connect to all of our KHULA learners to the internet

£100 will provide places for three children on our Life Skills development & Job Readiness Programme

£100 will purchase a tablet computer opening the doors of learning to rural families

£50 will buy school lunches for 40 pre-school children for a month

£50 will provide a child with a place on our Supplementary Teaching Programme in Maths & English

£25 will support one educator development workshop for 10 school teachers

If you wish your donation to go to a specific KHULA programme or to make a direct donation, please contact our Director, Debbie Heustice on or connect with our Head of Philanthrophy, Partnerships & Communications, Olivia Bridges on

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