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About Us

Who we are

SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) is a multi-faith organisation committed to supporting faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change.

It was launched in 2005 after a multi-faith environment conference which called for the establishment of a faith-based environment initiative. We have a broad spectrum of membership, including African Traditional Healers, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, and a wide range of Christian denominations.

We emphasise the spiritual and moral imperative to care for the Earth and the community of all life. We call for ethical leadership from all in power and speak out on issues of eco-justice, encouraging citizen action.

Our vision

People of faith caring for the living Earth

Our mission

As an Institute of many faiths, we are united in our diversity through our shared commitment to caring for living Earth.

What we do

Through collaboration, networking, training and learning, research and action, SAFCEI seeks with people of faith to:

 

  • Raise environmental awareness;
  • Promote environmental responsibility and action;
  • Facilitate and support environmental advocacy;
  • Confront injustices and advance eco- and socio-economic justice;
  • Influence and formulate environmental policies and ethical guidelines.
We do this by
  • Acting to replenish living Earth in a way that is balanced and informed by prayer, contemplation, and meditation.
  • Working to build community among and between the Earth community and the Divine.
  • Striving to empower and encourage people of faith to act and become agents of change.

STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2023

  • Click here to download a copy of our strategic plan.

MEET OUR STAFF

Tamzyn Pamplin

Tamzyn Pamplin

Communications Manager

Zainab Adams

Zainab Adams

FLEAT Coordinator

Portia Biggar

Portia Biggar

Office Manager / Bookkeeper

Francesca de Gasparis

Francesca de Gasparis

Executive Director

Wayne du Plessis

Wayne du Plessis

Corporate Engagements Manager

Nokuthula Ndlovu

Nokuthula Ndlovu

Finance and Human Resources Manager

Rev Berry Behr

Rev Berry Behr

Faith Leader Liaison

Gabriel Manyangadze

Gabriel Manyangadze

Programmes Manager

Phatiswa Somdaka

Phatiswa Somdaka

Junior Communications Coordinator

Sean Brown

Sean Brown

Donor compliance and reports

Zwelisha Shobede

Zwelisha Shobede

Cage-Free Campaign Coordinator

Tara van Ryneveld

Tara van Ryneveld

Climate Policy Coordinator

Judy-Rose Cyster

Judy-Rose Cyster

Junior Administrative Assistant

STAFF

SAFCEI staff members 2021.

Board

SAFCEI Board and staff members 

BOARD DIRECTORS

Francesca de Gasparis – Executive Director (ex officio member)
Kirtanya Lutchminarayan (Hindu)
Sister Usha Jevan (Brahma Kumaris)

Imam Salieg Isaacs (Muslim)
David Munene (Catholic)     
Shaun Cozett (Anglican)                       
Dr. Braam Hanekom (Dutch Reform Church)

 

PATRON

Bishop Geoff Davies

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