Welcome to Eyabantwana


The Eyabantwana – For the Children Trust is an independent non-profit Trust established to support the work of the Eastern Cape Pediatric Surgical Services based at the East London Hospitals.

Founded in 1995, as the referral centre for the Eastern Cape, the Eastern Cape Pediatric Service provides surgical care for newborns and infants with complex congenital problems; children with cancer; children with burns and others who have been injured; and many other surgical conditions in older children.

The Trustees and those involved in the trusts work do so on a pro bono basis. The Trustees represent the broad East London community and are drawn from the health, education, business and legal spheres.






We are based in East London, a city in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Here we serve an estimated population of 5 million people with children being referred from virtually all regions of the Eastern Cape. As a result our centre has now become one of the four largest children’s surgical centers in Southern Africa.

More specifically, our Paediatric Surgical Department operates at Frere Hospital and Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.





✓ Improving facilities and equipment

✓ Enhancing skills of all levels of staff

✓ To establish a Surgical Skills Laboratory

✓ To fund an Annual Visiting Professorship

✓ To fund an Annual Travelling Fellowship

✓ To raise funding for continued Professional Development and Staff Support

✓ To enable regular outreach clinics at peripheral hospitals in our province, the Eastern Cape





Serving one of South Africa’s poorest provinces is a major challenge.

Budgetary constraints have until now restricted our capacity to upgrade our facilities.

Through regular fundraisers and sponsorships we intend to change this. Help us to make a difference.




There are many ways you can help to make a difference:

Donate (local and international)

♥ “Like us”, comment on and join our Facebook Page

♥ “Tweet us”, comment on and join our Twitter Page

♥ Follow our upcoming fundraisers under news and events

We look forward to hearing from you!


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