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A leading, dynamic organisation, professionally enhancing self-reliant communities


Building the voice of the voiceless in the Western Cape of South Africa

Catholic Welfare and Development is one of the largest and longest established NGOs [Non Governmental Organisations] in the country.

We are also one of the most dynamic, with programmes that adapt and grow as circumstances change and new opportunities arise – a classic example being our new focus area, Women and Vulnerable Children under whose banner the programmes Bonne Esperance and Women In Need (WIN) now fall.

Our aim is to develop people to rise out of poverty, with the major focus being on development work. This we do through nine community development centres and a wide range of programmes which focus mainly on:

  • Engaging with communities to build capacity and solve problems
  • Women, Children and Youth Development
  • Health and Food Security
  • Economic Empowerment

Wherever possible, we work with provincial and local government to refine service delivery to the poor, homeless, children and others.

But we also need the support of corporate South Africa, funders and individual donors from all over the world ... all joining together to give our people a hand-up towards self-reliance.


The organisation was founded under the auspices of the Catholic Church in 1972 by two social workers who could not turn a blind eye to the abject poverty and injustices suffered by under-privileged people under the apartheid regime.

From the start, we engaged with these communities with the aim of helping them decide on priorities and find their own solutions.

Today, although CWD works with people of all denominations, we still abide by the ethos and social teachings of the Catholic Church, and are proud to have as our patron the Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Stephen Brislin.




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Catholic Welfare & Development is registered as a non-profit organisation in terms of the
Non-Profit Organisations Act (Act 71 of 1997)
Income Tax Exempt, section 18 A (1) of the ACT



Driven by the gospel values of the Catholic Church and our passion and love for humanity, CWD strives to eradicate poverty through service, caring and accountability. We walk alongside people and communities to learn and understand their needs and empower them to build self-sustainable communities.


:: Advocacy & lobbying

Drawing on our wealth of experience in working among disadvantaged communities, Catholic Welfare & Development seeks to partner with government to address issues and formulate solutions.

Click here for a copy of our Submission to the Western Cape Legislature (Provincial Committee on Social Development) on the Children’s Amendment Bill B19-2006.

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