Hope for the hopeless

A healing centre for street-dwelling drug abusers to heal

Responding with Love

Providing a homely environment for recovering ex-street dwelling drug abusers to rebuild their lives.


Hope and Holistic Healing

Open to all faiths, we assist the resident to strengthen their relationship with God and rebuild their sense of personal worth.


Creating a Future

Assistance to return to normal society, employed, financially stable and reintegration either with Family and/or a healing and supportive  community.


About the Centre

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has taken a passionate interest in the plight of recovering addicts and has committed himself to the creation of a residential care centre to reintegrate them back into society.

Will you join him in making this dream a reality? The Centre will be the main legacy project of His Eminence Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM. It also gives expression to Pope Francis’s call for practical actions to carry forward the message of the Year of Mercy. The Napier Centre 4 Healing will be an after care facility for post-rehab addiction residents, offering a holistic approach to healing. The Centre will be open to all denominations and a strong effort will be made to help residents reconnect with their spiritual roots. The final phase of the programme will include training for employment of some kind, in order to give recovering addicts a sense of ownership of their own lives, together with purpose and hope for the future. Want to donate?

The Cardinal speaks about the origins of the Centre…

In this short video, the Cardinal speaks how he came to found the Napier Centre and his vision for it in the future.

Support The Centre

The Cardinal has already donated a site – Ekukhanyeni, the place of light – which is a former Catholic boarding school near Verulam. The initial facilities are being prepared to accept our first residents early in 2019. A private donor has provided funds to start the process of refurbishment but several million will be needed in total for the whole site. Moreover, funding is needed so we can provide a sustainable one-year programme that is necessary. We estimate that it will cost R9155 per resident per month with a total capacity of 14 residents.

You can give funds, volunteer your professional services, offer building materials or give monthly supplies. If you reside outside of South Africa we gladly welcome your support and can assist you to do so. For help with any fundraising queries, please contact Mark Fynn on 083 662 2626 or fundraisingmark@napiercentre.org Donate

Our Goal

The project seeks to address an urgent need. There are literally thousands of people addicted to whoonga and other substances in Durban, many of whom end up living on the streets. Those who do want to transform their lives cannot afford the prohibitively high costs of private rehabilitation centres. There are very few low-cost state-run facilities and their programmes are often too short.

Already our sister organisation, the Denis Hurley Centre, is working with street addicts to prepare them for rehab programmes in the only Government-funded centre that is available. The Napier Centre will expand this into a bigger and more effective response so we can truly have an impact: for the addicts, for their families and for our city.

Get involved

Do you want to get involved? We are not only looking to raise funds for the running of the centre but we are also looking for donations in the form of “Time” and “Talent”.


If you are able to help financially here are our details. Please remember to email us so we can thank you. Banking Details Bank:  FNB Account Name:  Napier Centre 4 Healing Trust Account Number:  6271 848 0007 Account Type:  Current Branch Code:  22 05 26 00 Branch: Florida Road

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Latest news and our media appearances here.

NC4H Fundraising Breakfast

The Napier Centre 4 Healing’s last fundraising breakfast for the year was held on 4 December 2018 at the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg, raising

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April Prayer Items

The executive team meets once a month for reporting of various officers. The meeting is chaired by Father Stephen, the chairman of the Napier Centre 4 Healing, graced by the[…]

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May 30, 2019 0

Why am I involved at NC4H?

Development Officer: Teboho Alphonce Lehasa What is my role as Development Officer at NC4H? My primary role as a Development Officer at NC4H is to search for employment, skills training[…]

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May 30, 2019 0

Job Application: House Parent Needed

The Napier Centre is looking for a Catholic married couple who would be willing to live on site as ‘house parents’ (supported by a social worker) and as operational managers[…]

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April 23, 2019 0

The Executive Team

Serving in Pro Bono capacities, our executive team have been selected due to their expertise in their respective roles.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM

Founder & Chairman

Fr Stephen Tully

Chief Operating Officer

Murray Leyden

Chief Legal Officer

Des Stone

Financial Administrator

Pearl Ramotsamai

Programme Director

Mark Fynn


Theres Pottier


Raymond Perrier

Specialist Consultant

Sr Helen Veronica Wagner

Sister on site

Rob Riedlinger

Marketing & Communication

Anthony Naicker


Reach out to us…

Can you help in any way, drop us an email and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.