A Global Standard for Community Transformation

Ubuntu Pathways (formerly Ubuntu Education Fund) is a nonprofit organization that provides an integrated support system of health, education, and social support in the townships of Gqeberha, South Africa, previously known as Port Elizabeth. Over the past 22 years, what began as a fortuitous meeting between two strangers has grown into an internationally-recognized blueprint for community transformation. Ubuntu has redefined mainstream development models by focusing on the depth rather than breadth of our impact on a community of 400,000. We believe in 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 and today, 95% of our team are leaders from the community we serve.

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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.

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Meet Our Team

Abongile Ngcosholo
Abongile Ngcosholo
Ubuntu School - Teacher
Aljoran Cunningham
Aljoran Cunningham
Operations Officer
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Teachers Aid
Andiswa Sulo
Andiswa Sulo
Creditors Clerk
Asanda Bumhudza
Asanda Bumhudza
Ubuntu School - Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Asemahle Mhlope
Asemahle Mhlope
Early Childhood Program Teacher’s Aid
Avela Magula 8 Web
Avela Magula
Case Worker Assistant
Ayanda Jack
Ayanda Jack
Facilities Manager
Azazole Mpoza
Azazole Mpoza
Case Worker Assistant
Azola Katyana
Azola Katyana
Ubuntu School - Teachers Aid Intern
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Bernard Ting Chong
Operations Supervisor
Staff Profile Uk Beth Honig
Beth Honig
Director, UK
Bulelani Mahomana
Bulelani Mahomana
Ubuntu School - Teachers Aid Intern
Chagne Heuff
Chagne Heuff
Locum Pharmacist
Cikizwa Bongo
Cikizwa Bongo
Senior Social Worker
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Craig Pannell
Craig Pannell
Human Resources Director
Susan Preller
Dr. Susan Preller
Physician
Elaine Abrahams
Elaine Abrahams
Lead Teacher
Us Staff Photo 0619 Eleni Mourdoukoutas
Eleni Mourdoukoutas
Executive Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Fezeka Mtoli Jucwa
Fezeka Mtoli-Jucwa
Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Fezeka Mzalazala Tyutyu
Fezeka Mzalazala-Tyutyu
Community Outreach Manager
Funeka Baleni
Funeka Baleni
Data Capturer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Gcobani Zonke
Gcobani Zonke
Deputy President
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Heinrich Francis
Heinrich Francis
IT Support
Ignatius Herwells
Ignatius Herwells
Ubuntu School Principal
Imelda Assam
Imelda Assam
Supply Chain Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Irene Senekal
Irene Senekal
Human Resources Officer
Staff Profile Us Jacob Lief
Jacob Lief
Founder and CEO
Temporary Jana Zindell
Jana Zindell
Chief Strategy Officer
John Nontshinga
John Nontshinga
Driver
Staff Profile Us Jordan Levy
Jordan Levy
Chief External Relations Officer
Us Staff Photo 0619 Kate Lesnewich
Kate Lesnewich
Communications Manager
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Kathleen Fogarty
Data Manager
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Khulekani Mali
Khulekani Mali
Early Childhood Program Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Kobus Froneman
Kobus Froneman
Chief Financial Officer
Lauren Bailey 3 Web
Lauren Bailey
Supply Chain Coordinator
Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Ubuntu School - Teachers Aid Intern
Staff Profile Uk Louisa Brown
Louisa Browne
Fundraising and Donor Data Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Loyce Matloga
Loyce Matloga
Stock and Accounts Clerk
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Banks Gwaxula
Malizole 'Banks' Gwaxula
Founder and Senior Advisor
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Maxwell Fono
Maxwell Fono
Case Worker Aid
Monwabisi Magadlela
Monwabisi Magadlela
Professional Nurse
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Namhla Nodali
Namhla Nodali
Junior Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nkosana Nomnqa
Nkosana Nomnqa
Gardener
Nolubabalo Bolonti
Nolubabalo Bolonti
Ubuntu School - Teacher Aide
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nomawethu Siswana
Nomawethu Siswana
Family Engagement Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nomhle Kala
Nomhle Kala
Workforce Development Coordinator
Nomhle Mzoboshe 01
Nomhle Mzoboshe
Cafe Coordinator and Head Trainer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nontandazo Kulwana
Nontandazo Kulwana
Early Childhood Program Assistant Teacher
Nositembiso Mageveza
Nositembiso Mageveza
Ubuntu School - Teachers Aid Intern
Ongeza Cima
Ongeza Cima
Quality Assurance Officer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Phumla Phala
Phumla Phala
Maintenance Support
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Pinky Mhlangabezo Ndala
Pinky Mhlangabezo-Ndala
Operations Officer
Rorisang Mhlaba
Rorisang Mhlaba
Maths Instructional Coach
Sibongile Magwa
Sibongile Magwa
Ubuntu School - Teacher
Simamkele Matiwane
Simamkele Matiwane
Ubuntu School - Teachers Aid Intern
Sipuxolo Toni
Sipuxolo Toni
ECD Case Worker
Sivenathi Sodo 01
Sivenathi Sodo
Computer Instructor
Siyamthanda Nomtyindyo
Siyamthanda Nomtyindyo
Teachers Aid
Stephen Abrahams
Stephen Abrahams
Lead and PD Teacher
Taneal Padayachie
Taneal Padayachie
Lead Teacher and Instructional Coach
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Managing Director
Tevin Hiles
Tevin Hiles
HR Officer
Thabisa Vusani
Thabisa Vusani
Case Worker Assistant
Thatho Maliehe
Thato Maliehe
Dietician
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Thokozile Xhaka
Thokozile Xhaka
Early Childhood Program Teacher’s Aid
Thulethu Siyange
Thuletu Siyange
Senior Nurse
Thumeka Nodipha 3 Web
Thumeka Lubuzo
Financial Accountant
Tolakele Matebese
Tolakele Matebese
Professional Nurse
Staff Profile Us Travis Randall
Travis Randall
Director, United States
Vernon Jones
Vernon Jones
Lead Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyelwa Ndima
Vuyelwa Ndima
Early Childhood Program Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyiswa Nxele
Vuyiswa Nxele
Maintenance Support
Xolani Gedie
Xolani Gedie
Security Liaison
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Yolanda Batyi
Yolanda Batyi
Early Childhood Program Assistant Teacher
Ziyanda Ndyoko
Ziyanda Ndyoko
External Relations & Job Skills Training Manager
Zolani Somnga
Zolani Somnga
Financial Accountant

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

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Monitoring
& 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.

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