Charity: Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust

Area of Operation:Southern Africa
Charity no:1102028
Pledge level:£1500 including £50 registration fee
Charity's website:www.canoncollins.org.uk
What we do:

Canon Collins Trust supports education and social justice in southern Africa. Our mission is to build a network of effective, active leaders and organisations across the region who use knowledge and activism to build a more open and just society. To do this, we fund higher education scholarships for those who are committed to social change, and we support organisations using the law to protect the rights of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable and marginalized people.


Over the past 35 years we have supported more than 3,500 scholars from ten southern African countries. Among them are hundreds of teachers, lawyers, public health specialists, conservationists, engineers, political and business leaders, development workers, and scientists who are now leading change in their communities.

Legal Work

Through our partnership with the Legal Resources Centre, a leading South African public interest law firm, we support precedent-setting impact litigation on behalf of vulnerable people, promoting their basic rights to shelter, water and medical services. We also support Equal Education, a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through activism and litigation.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Canon Collins Trust has worked tirelessly to develop southern Africans to be leaders in their fields by providing access to education. It is through this access to education that young people will realise their full potential to build better lives for all.”

Join our 2019 London Marathon team to help us support the next generation of scholars, activists and change-makers working towards positive social development in southern Africa.

Meet some of the scholars who attended our annual conference in this video.

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