Axium Education is based in the rural village of
Zithulele in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zithulele (approximate location indicated by the orange
triangle on the map) is situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa
in an area known as the Wild Coast. It is 85km (90 minutes drive) from the
nearest town, Mthatha (formerly Umtata). It is almost four hours from the
nearest city, East London, and just under five hours from the provincial
capital, Bhisho. It is just south of the famous tourist attraction, Hole in the
Wall, and the holiday town of Coffee Bay.
The lack of access and infrastructure that makes the
Wild Coast a popular tourist destination for adventurers also means that the
local people live in abject poverty. The Oliver Tambo District, in which the
Zithulele lies, is one of the poorest rural areas in South Africa. Unemployment
is officially 77% here (and would be higher if Mthatha was excluded). Only 9%
of households have access to electricity and a little over a quarter to piped
water. Average income is less than R1000 (US$164) per household per month.
The green hills of the Wild Coast where
Hospital has been in operation since 1956 as a mission of the Dutch
Reformed Church in South Africa.