History of ACTS
Wendy Immelman was involved in community based projects for over 40 years. In the years before she passed away in 2018, Wendy had been unable to continue with her passion, having become bedridden. Her children and grandchildren decided to create the Wendy Immelman Charitable Trust as a legacy to her life and work and to provide a means to continue her vision of empowering people living in poverty towards a sustainable life.
The Wendy Immelman Charitable Trust was established in 2008. ACTS, a Centre That Serves, was established by the Trustees to act out the vision of their mother and grandmother.
ACTS is a faith based organisation whose principles are modelled on the practical actions described in the book of ACTS, where Christians are instructed to feed the poor, take care of the downtrodden, the widows and the sick.
ACTS established itself as a credible organisation, working in rural areas of Kwazulu/Natal, more particularly the South Coast around Amanzimtoti. Most of the work begun in 2008 continues today, with people who have been trained by ACTS staff and volunteers, being empowered to the point of running their own organisations and projects.
Based on a study of the impact of HIV/AIDS on poverty in neighbouring semi rural areas in and around Amanzimtoti, ACTS formed partnerships with smaller community based projects in impoverished communities such as Nsimbini and Ezimangweni on the South Coast of Kwazulu/Natal, South Africa.