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About The Gandhi Development Trust

The Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) was established in 2002. Its aim is to promote Gandhian thought and values

The Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) was established in 2002.  Its aim is to promote Gandhian thought and values. A peaceful, just and non-violent world. Our Mission is The promotion of a culture of peace, justice, non-violence and ubuntu. Out objectives are to engage in education and training programmes. To raise public awareness in respect of nonviolent strategies taking lessons from our history, Gandhian ideas in addressing the issues facing the community and facilitation of critical forum discussions. And to conduct research and developing innovative strategies

Core Values and Principles

Our Core Values encompass a vision of a peaceful, just and non-violent world. Our Mission is the promotion of a culture of peace, justice, non-violence and ubuntu. And our Objectives are to engage in education and training programmes. To raise public awareness in respect of nonviolent strategies taking lessons from our history, Gandhian ideas in addressing the issues facing the community and facilitation of critical forum discussions. And the conducting research and developing innovative strategies

The Phoenix Settlement Trust

Mahatma Gandhi (Gandidhji) established two settlements in South Africa before going to India and establishing his other ashrams there.

All his Ashrams were carefully selected to be in the heart of where the poor and deprived people lived. In South Africa in 1900 he had family members who were living in the Tongaat area where he was invited to settle, but instead chose Inanda for his first ashram in 1904. This was strategically situated in the neighbourhood of the Shembe and Dube Settlements on the one side and the Mt Edgecombe and Phoenix sugar barracks on the other. Here he invited people to come and stay with him on condition that they renounce accumulation of wealth, they do not claim ownership to the land and they adhere to a few general rules of the Settlement which they collectively evolved into the following eleven principles over a period of time.

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Testimonial of Community Trainer

“I would like to thank the Gandhi Development Trust for arranging the values training that has changed a lot of lives. It didn’t just only add the value to my trainees but will impact the lives of the future generation.”
Skhumbuzo Hadebe (2015-2017 ECD Community Trainer)

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Evidence of growth and development, range from the phenomenal increase in numbers trained, the number of children brought ‘under the umbrella’ of values education, the spatial spread covering five areas and including both urban and rural and the ongoing addition of relevant partnerships.

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Articles By Staff and Contributing Editors

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June the month of the Freedom Charter, the start of Passive Resistance, and youth month

June 29th, 2017|

Wreaths placed at the memorial by stalwarts Kay Munsamy, Swaminathan Gounden and Monty Naicker’s son Kreesen Naicker, accompanied by Sastri College alumni who are now taking care of this memorial. The importance of

Gandhi Development Trust’s Early Childhood Development Values Education Project: Izimpande Zobuntu By Kanya Padayachee

June 29th, 2017|

Dramatising a values story in a Values Education class (Inhlangano Yeziwe Day Care Centre, Folweni) during evaluation. Gandhi Development Trust’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Values Education Project (VEP) is making incremental progress in

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Our Trusted Partners

Much of what we do would not be possible were it not for the generosity of our sponsors. They are the true heroes of our all our efforts.

Our Dedicated Staff

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Mondli Zwane

Schools’ Trainer

Geeta Narsee

Accountant

Kanya Padayachee

ECD Project Co-ordinator

Avishkar Singh

Administrative Officer

Hillary Musarurwa

Youth And Comm. Empowerment Officer

Nomandla Mbele

ECD Project Trainer