“Ubuntu” is a Xhosa philosophy that implies human interconnectedness: “I am because you are”.
Formally established in 1999 in South Africa, Ubuntu Educational Fund had one all-encompassing, yet radical mission: to help raise Port Elizabeth’s orphaned and vulnerable children by giving them what all children deserve—dignity.
Having started by working in just one school providing educational materials, Ubuntu now operates its own 25,000 square-foot centre in the heart of Port Elizabeth’s township providing cradle to career care to township children. Believing that every child is unique, Ubuntu has its own individualised pathway to lead them to the worlds of higher education and employment, growing into healthy adults with stable incomes.
The centre encompasses the spirit of “Ubuntu” by not only providing education, but also concentrating on comprehensive household stability, health, and educational services to the local community of 400,000 people.