Among the NGOs supporting Port Elizabeth’s young and vulnerable, Ubuntu Fund is one of the most prominent. The fund was established in 1999 by Jacob Lief and Malizole Gwaxula with the specific goal of improving literacy levels among children living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The Ubuntu Education Fund relies on donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations to run its activities.
The Tenth Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner – Success!
The tenth annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner was hosted on May with a target of collecting approximately $900,000. Amazingly, the gala dinner was a huge success as the fund collected over $972,000 and inspired many donors and beneficiaries.
The gala dinner of course features delicious South African cuisine and dances and performances from the Xhosa Choir. However, the highlights were the speeches given by two of the fund’s beneficiaries with Sinesipho Rabidyani stealing the show. She narrated how she couldn’t stand staying at home because of her abusive drunkard father and how she managed to create a bright future for herself and her mother after getting a scholarship from the fund. Today she is a student of law and she convinced her mother to leave her abusive husband.
Over 2,000 Beneficiaries
The Ubuntu Education Fund has helped thousands of children to-date. It is currently supporting over 2,000 children from all over the city. However, its benefits reach thousands more as it is not entirely focused on education.
When it was starting out, Ubuntu Education Fund mostly distributed school children with stationery materials such as books and pencils. However, this was not entirely effective as the kids were affected by instability and other issues in their homes. As such, the fund expanded its reach and began helping to make homes stable while also providing the affected children counseling and psychosocial therapy.
Andrew Rolfe – The Man Running the Show
Andrew Rolfe is the current chairman of the Ubuntu Education Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economy from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
Andrew Rolfe has served in many high-ranking capacities in several companies and organizations in the past: President of Gap, Inc.’s International Division; CEO of Pret A Manger; and CEO of Booker Foodservice.