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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.

What We Do

Care for the Earth by Faith Communities

Promoting understanding of the connection between faith and living Earth, and inspiring people of faith to effect change and just development within their own communities.

Energy Justice

Working for South Africans to have accessible, affordable and sustainable energy, and for faith leaders and communities from other countries to learn from South Africa’s experience.

Food & Climate Justice

Promoting a rights of nature approach to food sovereignty and climate change, opposing factory farming, industrial agriculture and GMOs.

Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training

Facilitating faith leaders environmental advocacy training (FLEAT) in southern Africa, and providing learning resources to conduct local eco-projects, including eco-actions in congregations.

Tell Yum! Brands to go cage-free globally

76 animal protection organizations have launched a global campaign demanding that Yum! Brands restaurants (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and The Habit Burger Grill) end extreme animal cruelty in their egg supply...

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FLEAT: Web of Life workshop in Zimbabwe

On 6 May Evans Ndadzungira, Zimbabwe Youth Biodiversity Network (ZYBN) School Outreach Officer and FLEAT Zimbabwe participant and Knowledge Vingi (ZYBN Programs Coordinator) was invited by Arundel School to...

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Cape Town faith leaders meet at the Castle and learn about biodigesters

A homemade biodigester can save citizens up to R500 a month in electricity costs. Lydia Petersen achieved some two hours a day of free cooking time when she created a biodigester in her backyard in Mitchell’s Plain. Now, Lydia is determined to share her knowledge and experience with other community members because she says there is no need for families to suffer from exorbitant electricity...

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How the Covid-19 vaccine can help us care for the environment

Did you know that medication in your system does not break down in the sewage treatment process and is released into the oceans where it affects the sea life? Scientists testing the waters around Cape Town can tell the prevalent illnesses affecting people in different areas, by identifying the medication in the systems of aquatic animals such as sea urchins. So looking after our own health and...

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Faiths unite for energy and climate justice workshop

SAFCEI hosted faith leaders from the Koeberg and Cape Flats areas for a workshop on energy and climate justice at Goedgedacht Farm near Riebeeck Kasteel in the Western Cape, from 16 – 18 March.  A total of 29 people joined our first-ever hybrid training, with 22 people in person and a further 7 online. It was also the first time one of our workshops attracted more women than men! More than 63%...

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