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Run for Mukhanyo

November 8, 2021

Get your Run for Mukhanyo Shirt

This year we are selling shirts to raise funds for Mukhanyo Christian Academy (MCA). The shirts are 100% cotton Comfort Colors and are available in the following sizes:

  • Adult S–XXL
  • Youth XS–L

Each shirt is $15, with all profit going toward our fundraising effort for MCA. If you have questions, email Ruth Lloyd at

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To write a check, please make it out to Friends of Mukhanyo and return it in your donation bottle.

Mukhanyo Christian Academy

Friends of Mukhanyo is a Christian ministry providing a quality, faith-based education for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa, giving them the opportunity to go beyond daily survival to experiencing lives of accomplishment and service.

Mukhanyo Christian Academy (MCA) was the inspiration of Beth Rettig, a resident of Durham and friend of Trinity School. A lifelong educator, Beth saw the need for a Christian school and took action. In South Africa, public schools are overcrowded and underfunded. Children may sit in multi-grade classrooms packed with as many as 80–100 students. Textbooks, instructional resources, and teachers are often in short supply. Disengagement is common: some 92 percent of children drop out before high school.

For the most vulnerable and at-risk children, especially those orphaned by AIDS, life is a daily struggle. Dire poverty means some may go days without eating. In families without parents, older children may actually serve as the heads of their households. These children carry a heavy burden indeed; as a result, they may not even attend school, instead spending their time finding food to ensure the survival of their families.

The children at Mukhanyo Christian Academy (MCA) are well educated through a faith-based curriculum based on the philosophy of Charlotte Mason that “education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” We trust they will be prepared to live productively as adults, able to positively participate in the communities in which they live.

To learn and thrive, children need to be in an environment where their basic needs—for love, nurture, food, shelter, and protection—are met. Mukhanyo Christian Academy helps to meet these needs by providing children with a first-class college preparatory education, two nourishing meals each day, and access to health care and social services.



Our first year we raised approximately $10,000. Those funds were used to purchase four toilets for the school.


The second year we raised almost $14,000. The funds helped cover a large portion of the operating budget of the school and helped pay for the addition of another classroom.


In 2014 we raised $12,000. This allowed the school to expand to accommodate 76 students and add a seventh grade.


We raised over $12,000 and focused on how many meals we could help pay for to feed the students. Each dollar covered one meal.


We raised approximately $74,000 collectively these years, enough to cover almost 3 months of MCA's operating budget each year.