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.


Meet Our Team

Abongile Ngcosholo
Abongile Ngcosholo
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Abongile Nkenkana
Abongile Nkenkana
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Abulela Budaza
Abulela Budaza
Maintenance Support
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Alexis Duclos
Chief of Staff
SA Staff Photo Anastasia Klate
Anastasia Klate
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Anele Zenzwa
Anele Zenzwa
Coordinator Intern
SA Staff Photo Anelisa Ndingane
Anelisa Ndingane
Community Health Worker
Asanda Bumhudza
Asanda Bumhudza
Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Asemahle Mhlope
Asemahle Mhlope
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Asive Mzinyati
Asive Mzinyati
Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Athenkosi Lugodlo
Athenkosi Lugodlo
Vaccination Data Capturer
SA Staff Photo Athenkosi Mbengashe
Athenkosi Mbengashe
Quality Assurance Intern
SA Staff Photo Athenkosi Mfengu
Athenkosi Mfengu
Maintenance Support Intern
SA Staff Photo Avela Magula
Avela Magula
Case Worker
Azola Katyana
Azola Katyana
Assistant Teacher in Training
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Babalwa Marks
CCMDD Administrator
SA Staff Photo Babalwa Mzalisi
Babalwa Mzalisi
Monitoring & Evaluation Intern
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Bernard Ting Chong
Operations Supervisor
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Beth Honig
Director, UK
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Bongeka Mnqawuli
SA Staff Photo Buhle Mbonde
Buhle Mbonde
Operational Aide
UK Staff Photo 0323 Cat Kevern
Cat Kevern
Event Coordinator
Chagne Heuff
Chagne Heuff
Responsible Pharmacist
US Staff Photo 1021 Claire Glubiak
Claire Glubiak
Grants and Major Gifts Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Craig Pannell
Craig Pannell
Human Resources Director
Susan Preller
Dr. Susan Preller
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Fezeka Mtoli Jucwa
Fezeka Mtoli-Jucwa
SA Staff Photo Fezeka Mzalazala Tyutyu
Fezeka Mzalazala-Tyutyu
Community Outreach Manager
SA Staff Photo Funeka Baleni
Funeka Baleni
Senior Data Capturer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Gcobani Zonke
Gcobani Zonke
Deputy President
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Glynnis Minnaar
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Heinrich Francis
IT Manager
Imelda Assam
Imelda Assam
Supply Chain Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Irene Senekal
Irene Senekal
Human Resources Officer
SA Staff Photo Isipho Makunga
Isipho Makunga
Case Worker
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Jacob Lief
Founder and CEO
SA Staff Photo Jacqueline Sontyale
Jacqueline Sontyale
Professional Nurse
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Jana Zindell
Chief Strategy Officer
US Staff Photo 1021 Jordan Levy
Jordan Levy
Chief External Relations Officer
US Staff Photo 1021 Kate Lesnewich
Kate Lesnewich
Communications Manager
UK Staff Photo 1021 Kathleen Fogarty
Kathleen Fogarty
Head of Data
UK Staff Photo 0323 Kerry Dunlop
Kerry Dunlop
Event Manager
SA Staff Photo Khanyisa Ndlazi
Khanyisa Ndlazi
Clinic Data Capturer
SA Staff Photo Khuselo Hlahleni
Khuselo Hlahleni
Outreach Intern
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Kobus Froneman
Chief Financial Officer
SA Staff Photo Lamlani Daweti
Lamlani Daweti
Case Worker
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Lauren Bailey
Supply Chain Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Lebogang Gobodo
Lebogang Gobodo
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Lindokuhle Mkhize
Lindokuhle Mkhize
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Loyce Matloga
Stock and Accounts Clerk
SA Staff Photo Lubone Abrahams
Lubone Abrahams
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Ludumo Mnyengeza
Ludumo Mnyengeza
SA Staff Photo Lumka Rhojie
Lumka Rhojie
Data Capturer
SA Staff Photo Lusizo Lamani
Lusizo Lamani
Intern Procurement Assistant
SA Staff Photo Malibongwe Mabokela
Malibongwe Mabokela
ECD Aide - Level 2
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Malizole 'Banks' Gwaxula
Founder and Senior Advisor
SA Staff Photo Mandilakhe Blou
Mandilakhe Blou
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Intern IT Assistant
SA Staff Photo Megan Goosen
Megan Goosen
Locum Pharmacist
SA Staff Photo Megan Harrison
Megan Harrison
Human Resources Manager
SA Staff Photo Mihlali Banzana
Mihlali Banzana
JST Case Worker
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Mojan Farid
Executive Coordinator
Monwabisi Magadlela
Monwabisi Magadlela
Senior Nurse
SA Staff Photo Namhla Nteyi
Namhla Nteyi
Psychologist Administrator
SA Staff Photo Ncebakazi Badi
Ncebakazi Badi
SA Staff Photo Ncebakazi Mvovo
Ncebakazi Mvovo
Vaccination Data Capturer
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Nicky McCarthy
Fundraising Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Nkosana Nomnqa
Nkosana Nomnqa
SA Staff Photo Nokuthula Mangqasana
Nokuthula Mangqasana
Creditors Clerk
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Nomawethu Siswana
ECD Principal
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Nomhle Mzoboshe
Cafe Coordinator and Head Trainer
SA Staff Photo Nontandazo Kulwana
Nontandazo Kulwana
ECD Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Nqobile Mokhethi
Nqobile Mokhethi
Clinic Manager
SA Staff Photo Ntombizonke Nogaleni
Ntombizonke Nogaleni
Maintenance Support Cleaner
Ongeza Cima
Ongeza Cima
Quality Assurance Officer
SA Staff Photo Pelisa Camagu
Pelisa Camagu
Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Phelela Sitela
Phelela Sitela
Operational Aide
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Phumla Phala
Phumla Phala
Maintenance Support
SA Staff Photo Pinky Mhlangabezo Ndala
Pinky Mhlangabezo-Ndala
Operations Officer
SA Staff Photo Ricayla Denston
Ricayla Denston
SA Staff Photo Shaun Dickson
Shaun Dickson
Facilities Manager
SA Staff Photo Sibone Abrahams
Sibone Abrahams
Operational Aide
SA Staff Photo Sibongile Magwa
Sibongile Magwa
Assistant Teacher in Training
SA Staff Photo Sihle Ntlangu
Sihle Ntlangu
SA Staff Photo Sinovuyo Matinisi
Sinovuyo Matinisi
Operational Aide
SA Staff Photo Siphosethu Nduna
Siphosethu Nduna
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Sisipho Romo
Sisipho Romo
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Siyabonga Nxawe
Siyabonga Nxawe
Outreach Administrator
SA Staff Photo Siyabonga Zungu
Siyabonga Zungu
Siyamthanda Nomtyindyo
Siyamtanda Nomatyindyo
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Siyamtanda Stemele
Siyamtanda Stemele
Operational Aide
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Sumeya Wassin
Procurement Administrator
Taneal Padayachie
Taneal Padayachie
Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Managing Director
John Nontshinga
Thamsanqa Nontshinga
Driver Liaison
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Thandekile Mzaza
SA Staff Photo Thokozile Xhaka
Thokozile Xhaka
Teacher in Training
SA Staff Photo Thotyelwa Kula
Thotyelwa Kula
JST Intern
SA Staff Photo Thulani Banga
Thulani Banga
Classroom Paraprofessional
US Staff Photo 1021 Travis Randall
Travis Randall
Director, United States
SA Staff Photo Tulisa Magocoba
Tulisa Magocoba
Professional Nurse
SA Staff Photo Unathi Maliwa
Unathi Maliwa
Monitoring & Evaluation Intern
Vernon Jones
Vernon Jones
Lead Teacher
SA Staff Photo Viron Barends
Viron Barends
Senior Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyelwa Ndima
Vuyelwa Ndima
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyiswa Nxele
Vuyiswa Nxele
Maintenance Support Team Leader
SA Staff Photo Vuyolwethu Mlambo
Vuyolwethu Mlambo
Operational Aide
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Yolanda Batyi
Yolanda Batyi
SA Staff Photo Zikhona Ngwendu
Zikhona Ngwendu
Clinic Manager Intern
SA Staff Photo Zimkitha Hermanus
Zimkitha Hermanus
Junior HR Officer
Ziyanda Ndyoko
Ziyanda Ndyoko
External Relations Manager

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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