Projects & Programmes to Support

Your contribution will directly benefit the students by helping to pay for scholarships, community service projects in Swaziland, the school’s refurbishment programme, staff development and much more.

You may designate your donation to one of the following areas (N.B: This list is not exhaustive, if there is something specific you would like to support, please let us know.):

Scholarship Programme

'Uniting people, nations and cultures'

Waterford’s 2017 scholarship fund was ZAR 21M (GBP 1.17M; USD 1.53M Euro 1.3M).

In 2017, thirty percent of the student population at WK received financial support, at IB level this jumps to 50%. This is due in part to our support for UWC National Committees (NC’s) and our outreach to students from conflict-zones and developing nations. We aim to increase financial support to 40% of all our students in the coming years. With the money received under the Davis Challenge Campaign already in 2018 extra scholarships are made available.

UWC uses the power of education to bring together a diverse group of young people so they can become community leaders and find solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.It is by educating students from around the world together and uniting them in a common purpose - to be of service to others - that we will fulfil our mission to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Scholarships are a strategic priority for Waterford. Gifts enhance the diversity of Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA and expand the reach of the Scholarship Programme; enabling these experiences to be as rewarding as possible. WK is committed to diversity and aims to have as many students from different national, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds as possible. Scholarships are offered to students who do well in the application process but can not afford to attend WK. Financial aid is both need and merit based.


We work closely with organisations who help us identify, and in some cases support, underprivileged students.

Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) - Is dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through the education of females and the empowerment of young women.

Higherlife Foundation - Supports orphaned and vulnerable children from Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Burundi through education.

SOS Children’s Villages - Works to ensure that vulnerable children grow up in a safe and caring family environment so they can develop and reach their full potential.

Alexandra Education Committee (AEC) - Has Identified successful Grade 7 students from the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg to come to Waterford.

Named Scholarships

Waterford establishes scholarships to honor exceptional people

  • The Richard and Sheila Attenborough Scholarship will be allocated to a student of need from one of the African countries currently at Waterford.
  • The Fernando Honwana Scholarship will be available every year to a student from Mozambique who is selected through the Mozambique UWC National Committee. Fernando Honwana was a Waterford student from 1964 – 1969, becoming head boy in his final year at the school. His children also attended WK. We honour Fernando and the significant role he played in the liberation struggle of Mozambique, contributing immensely to social justice, peace and stability in the region.
  • The Karen Garside Scholarship, in memory of Karen Garside (WK ’02-’03), for a day student from Swaziland
  • A scholarship funded by “a Stokvel” brought together by alumni in Swaziland. This will be given to a student from Swaziland.

Capital Development

Most of the physical structures on campus were built during the first 10 years of the school. After that, many of the buildings were extended or adapted to meet the demand of a growing student population. This often occurred with little attention to style and student flow.

This ad hoc growth has led to the need for meaningful campus refurbishment. With financial support from donors, including alumni, WK has managed to complete the following projects in the past 3 years:

• Academic Square - an open space linking academic departments together

• Dining Hall - with a capacity of 400, an increase of 250 over the old dining hall

• the Energy Hub - to measure, and raise awareness of, energy consumption

• Classroom Block - to improve the flow of students and tie into the academic square and energy hub

• Second Dam - in support of diminishing water supplies due to recurring dry seasons

Currently we are expanding and refurbishing:

  • the Multi-Purpose (MP) Hall - which is both a sports facility and the school’s exam hall
  • Amphitheatre - adding a cover, making it possible to assemble the whole school community in one space, regardless of the weather

Waterford’s refurbishment programme 2018-2022

Learning in positive and motivating surroundings enhances the aptitude of our students. Gifts to the college’s capital campaign help transform the learning environment.

The school has the following refurbishment programme in place for the years 2018-2022:

  • Ekukhuleni Hostel
  • Administration Block
  • Old Dining Hall and Kitchen
  • Esiveni Hostel
  • Mandela’s Square

Overall costs of these projects are in the range of ZAR 20M

This refurbishment programme will strengthen the facilities and resources within the college campus with learning in mind - providing students with inspiring spaces that help bring their learning to life. For more information on this programme, its impact and how you can be involved, please contact Anne Rein Muller.

Sustainable Development

WK’s Sustainable Objectives:

  • To be a leading school in sustainability education and practices.
  • To promote a commitment to environmental sustainability, and the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To be carbon neutral by 2020.

As humanity's footprint expands on the planet, we strive to minimise our negative impact. Waterford is committed to the goal of carbon neutrality through a number of initiatives. Most of these link into the theme of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.

Some of the initiatives are:

  • Renewable energy generation - Sustainability is a key element of WK’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, all of the proposed refurbishments and building projects will be completed with this in mind.
  • Energy metering and monitoring - In order to ensure energy efficiency.
  • Water on campus - Anticipating increased periods of drought, it is essential to collect, store and manage our water.
  • Recycling of waste - All waste, including building, general and food waste
  • Permaculture gardens - To provide space for community learning and to demonstrate a circular economy of food Waterford is committed to embedding these sustainability initiatives into the curriculum.

Sustainability and Education

These aims require the integration of education, projects and technological initiatives. It is important that the programmes are continually evolving and not static, which will allow for new thinking, welcome new technologies and prevent either lack of action or silo thinking from taking place.

Sustainable practices are embedded in all aspects of the curriculum and in the operation of the school, ensuring that we have a minimal impact on the environment.

ZAR 10M is a cost estimate of the roll-out of renewable energy projects in the coming years.

A donation towards this development will contribute to the different projects listed above in the coming years. If you are interested in learning more please send read the following document or send an email to

Staff Development

Teachers at Waterford deliver a holistic, values-based education that develops young people as individuals and as members of a global society. Today, teaching and learning require more adaptation and innovation than ever before. Investing in our teachers and the continued development and enhancement of our educational programme allows Waterford Kamhlaba to provide an unparalleled learner-centric experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Thanks to the skill and support of our teaching staff, WK is one of Africa’s top schools, with our students obtaining an average of 34 points in the IB exams, compared to a world average of 29 points. WK continues to need to attract and retain high-calibre teachers offering professional development opportunities such as sponsoring graduate degrees, IB training and investing in short course opportunities.

In 2017 teachers completed an online IBDP course, had face-to-face training and attended an education leadership development programme. On a department level, there are the Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence Courses which are attended by various departments’ staff members. In addition, a staff member went on a tutor-training course (Language in Learning across the curriculum) in order to teach colleagues upon returning to Waterford.

Waterford’s annual 2018 staff development budget is ZAR 520,000

Gifts support pioneering learning programmes, innovative staff professional development and experiential learning initiatives that will equip staff to facilitate student growth at Waterford Kamhlaba.

Community Service

Community Service has been an integral part of a Waterford education since the founding of the school in 1963. By doing service, students discover that they can help to change the world through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership.

Community Service is a practical and meaningful opportunity for Waterford students to make a real difference in the local communities of Swaziland, and to learn the importance of community engagement. The programme brings our students together with people from often vastly different circumstances to their own, which opens their eyes to social issues and the potential to make change. Their experiences shape their ambitions and priorities, so that when they enter the world of work their choices will be informed by their social conscience.

Waterford’s annual overall community service budget is ZAR 650,000

A donation to the Community Service programme will provide the necessary materials, transport and in some cases meals to the local communities we work with.

Welcome Packs

Each year we like to provide our scholarship students with a welcome pack to ensure their early adjustment is positive, and to give them one less thing to worry about.

Welcome Packs are for those scholarship students that have absolutely nothing when they arrive at WK. These packs include bed linen, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary towels, etc. There have been very painful instances where it was assumed that students would bring their own, but for some that wasn’t possible. They did not dare to mention it to anyone and went without these things for weeks until some one noticed. This programme was informally initiated by a residential staff member who noticed that this happened each year.

A donation to this initiative will go a very long way!!

Thank you to the PSA (Parent Staff Association) for supporting this initiative in 2016 and 2017 with an annual donation of ZAR 35,000. And thank you to the IB class of 2006, which raised £1,300 for welcome packs during 2017.

In 2018 the PSA support the welcome pack again!

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