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.

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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 R10 000 – R12 000 per resident per month with a total capacity of 30 residents. The yearly budget will be R4 320 000.00 

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


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

Reference:  “Your Name”

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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

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