A Global Standard for Community Transformation

Over the past 18 years, what began as a fortuitous meeting between two strangers has grown into an internationally-recognized model for development. Our impact is made possible by trusting those closest to the problem to create the solution. In partnership with the Bertha Foundation, we have created a world-class staff development initiative. Today, 95% of the team at the Ubuntu Campus in Port Elizabeth, South Africa comes from the community we serve. These staff members are leaders in their community, driving the vision of one of the most innovative organizations on the continent. 

Our Founders

Separated by race, nationality, and age, Jacob Lief and Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula were brought together by something far more powerful––the spirit of ubuntu, roughly translated as I am because you are'. Their unexpectedly profound journey has inspired a new, bold thinking about breaking the cycle of poverty. 

Meet Our Team

Staff Profile Sa Anele Mtyingizane
Anele Mtyingizane
Professional Nurse
Staff Profile Uk Beth Honig
Beth Honig
Director, UK
Staff Profile Sa Bongani Soxujwa
Bongani Soxujwa
Early Childhood Program Educator
Staff Profile Sa Bulisa Dyongo
Bulisa Dyongo
Professional Nurse
Staff Profile Us Cara Bronander
Cara Bronander
Executive Coordinator
Staff Profile Sa Craig Pannell
Craig Pannell
Human Resources Director
Staff Profile Sa Dana Stewart
Dana Stewart
Early Childhood Program: Capacity Coach
Staff Profile Us Emily Ingebretsen
Emily Ingebretsen
Communications & Outreach Manager
Staff Profile Sa Fezi Mtoli Jucwa
Fezeka Mtoli-Jucwa
Early Childhood Program Lead Teacher
Staff Profile Sa Fezeka Mzalazala
Fezeka Mzalazala-Tyutyu
Clinical Manager
Staff Profile Sa Gabriela Hermanus
Gabriela Hermanus
Staff Profile Sa Gcobani Zonke
Gcobani Zonke
Deputy President
Staff Profile Sa Heinrich Francis
Heinrich Francis
IT Support
Staff Profile Sa Irene Sendekal
Irene Sendekal
Human Resources Administrator
Staff Profile Us Jacob Lief
Jacob Lief
Founder and CEO
Temporary Jana Zindell
Jana Zindell
Chief Strategy Officer
Staff Profile Sa Janine Fookwe
Janine Fookwe
Quality Assurance Manager
Staff Profile Uk Jessica Newbury
Jessica Newbury
Data Officer
Staff Profile Us Jordan Levy
Jordan Levy
Chief External Relations Officer
Staff Profile Us Katherine Murphy
Katherine Murphy
Information Program Manager
Staff Profile Us Kathryn Kruse
Kathryn Kruse
Major Gifts and Grants Coordinator
Staff Profile Sa Kobus Froneman
Kobus Froneman
Chief Financial Officer
Staff Profile Sa Khulekani Mali
Kulekani Mali
Early Childhood Program Teacher’s Aid
Staff Profile Sa Liesel Pannel
Liesel Pannel
Human Resources Manager
Staff Profile Uk Lottie Reid
Lottie Reid
Events Manager
Staff Profile Sa Loyce Matloga
Loyce Matloga
Stores Clerk
Staff Profile Sa Banks Gwaxula
Malizole "Banks" Gwaxula
Founder and Senior Advisor
Staff Profile Sa Mario Diaz
Mario Diaz
Case Management Capacity Coach
Staff Profile Uk Mary Pattison
Mary Pattison
Personal and Fundraising Assistant
Staff Profile Sa Maxwell Fono
Maxwell Fono
Staff Profile Sa Msikeleli Moli
Msikeleli Moli
Coordinator of Youth Empowerment
Staff Profile Sa Namhla Nodali
Namhla Nodali
Creditors Clerk
Staff Profile Sa Nkosana Nomnqa
Nkosana Nomnqa
Staff Profile Sa Nokulunga Jobela
Nokulunga Jobela
Creditors Clerk - Procurement
Staff Profile Sa Nomawethu Siswana
Nomawethu Siswana
Manager, Early Childhood Program
Staff Profile Sa Nomhle Kala
Nomhle Kala
Adult Internship and Scholarship Program Coordinator
Staff Profile Sa Nomathamsanqa Faku
Nontuthuzelo Faku
Staff Profile Sa Nozibele Qamngana
Nozibele Qamngana
External Relations Manager
Staff Profile Sa Onelihle Makedama
Onelihle Makedama
Guidance Counselor:Youth Programs
Staff Profile Sa Pam Sonwabe
Pamela Sonwabe
Family Support Specialist
Staff Profile Sa Pinky Mhlangabezo Ndala
Pinky Mhlangabezo-Ndala
Data Capturer
Staff Profile Us Samantha Loewen
Samantha Loewen
Program Coordinator
Staff Profile Sa Seipate Senti
Seipate Senti
Accounting Clerk
Staff Profile Us Shalini Kishan
Shalini Kishan
Grants and Writing Coordinator
Staff Profile Us Shazeeda Bhola
Shazeeda Bhola
Creative Lead
Staff Profile Sa Sizwe Madyo
Sizwe Madyo
Staff Profile Sa Stanley Chetty
Stanley Chetty
Supply Chain Coordinator
Staff Profile Sa Tarryn Mthimkulu
Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Managing Director
Staff Profile Sa Thandazwa Nompunga
Thandazwa Nompunga
Family Support Specialist
Staff Profile Sa Thandile Abrahams
Thandile Abrahams
Data Capturer
Staff Profile Sa Thembakazi Mdekazi
Thembakazi Mdekazi
Administrative Assistant
Staff Profile Sa Tracy Judd
Tracy Judd
Health and Nutrition Coordinator
Staff Profile Us Travis Randall
Travis Randall
Director, United States
Staff Profile Sa Vuyelwa Ndima
Vuyelwa Ndima
Early Childhood Program Assistant Teacher
Staff Profile Sa Vuyiswa Nxele
Vuyisa Nxele
Staff Profile Sa Xabisa Makeleni
Xabisa Makeleni
Senior Nurse

Want to Work With Us?

In addition to our headquarters in South Africa, we have fundraising offices in New York and London.

“You are not helpless, you are not ciphers that can be manipulated. You are people who can prepare your own thoughts.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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& Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation

Ubuntu measures success not by textbooks distributed, but by university graduates. Annually, we conduct an on-track/off-track assessment, an evaluation framework developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company, to determine our impact and maintain organizational accountability. A client who is on-track is defined as one who is moving toward a successful outcome—a healthy, financially stable life.

Annual Reports

  • 2016


    Everything. Everyday.

  • 2015


    Growing Up.

  • 2014


    A Million To One: Changing The Odds

  • 2013


    Made In South Africa

  • 2012


    Should Your Birthplace Determine Your Future?

  • 2011


    From Cradle To Career

  • 2010


    Life’s Journey, One Step At A Time

  • 2009


    10 Years: It’s Working

  • 2008


    I Am Because You Are

  • 2007


    For the Children of South Africa

  • 2006


    For the Children of South Africa

  • 2005


    Investing In Results

  • 2004


    It’s All About Community

  • 2003


    Annual Report