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.

Banks And Jake Square
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
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Abulela Budaza
Abulela Budaza
Maintenance Support
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Andisiwe Mnabisa
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Anele Zenzwa
Anele Zenzwa
Coordinator Intern
Asanda Bumhudza
Asanda Bumhudza
Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Asemahle Mhlope
Asemahle Mhlope
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Asive Mzinyati
Asive Mzinyati
Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Athenkosi Mbengashe
Athenkosi Mbengashe
Quality Assurance Intern
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Avela Magula
Case Worker Assistant
Azola Katyana
Azola Katyana
Teacher Aide
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Bernard Ting Chong
Operations Supervisor
UK Staff Photo 1021 Beth Honig
Beth Honig
Director, UK
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Buhle Mbonde
Classroom Paraprofessional
Chagne Heuff
Chagne Heuff
Locum 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
Physician
SA Staff Photo Dr Tendai Gumbie
Dr. Tendai Gumbie
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
SA Staff Photo Dumisani Zini
Dumisani Zini
Admin and Facilities Intern
SA Staff Photo Eldridge Stoffels
Eldridge Stoffels
Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Fezeka Mtoli Jucwa
Fezeka Mtoli-Jucwa
Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Fezeka Mzalazala Tyutyu
Fezeka Mzalazala-Tyutyu
Community Outreach Manager
SA Staff Photo Funeka Baleni
Funeka Baleni
Data Capturer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Gcobani Zonke
Gcobani Zonke
Deputy President
SA Staff Photo Gcobisa Vakaza
Gcobisa Vakaza
Classroom Paraprofessional
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Heinrich Francis
Heinrich Francis
IT Support
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
John Nontshinga
John Nontshinga
Driver
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, and Interim UK Team Leader (Maternity Cover)
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
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Lauren Bailey
Supply Chain Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Linamandla Gubevu
Linamandla Gubevu
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Lindokuhle Mkhize
Lindokuhle Mkhize
Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Loyce Matloga
Loyce Matloga
Stock and Accounts Clerk
SA Staff Photo Lubone Abrahams
Lubone Abrahams
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Ludumo Mnyengeza
Ludumo Mnyengeza
Gardener
SA Staff Photo Malibongwe Mabokela
Malibongwe Mabokela
ECD and School Assistant
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Malizole 'Banks' Gwaxula
Founder and Senior Advisor
SA Staff Photo Mandilakhe Blou
Mandilakhe Blou
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Intern Procurement Assistant
SA Staff Photo Megan Goosen
Megan Goosen
Locum Pharmacist
SA Staff Photo Mihlali Banzana
Mihlali Banzana
JST Case Worker
V2 US Staff Photo 1021 Claire Glubiak
Mojan Farid
Executive Coordinator
Monwabisi Magadlela
Monwabisi Magadlela
Senior Nurse
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Namhla Nodali
Namhla Nodali
Junior Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nkosana Nomnqa
Nkosana Nomnqa
Gardener
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Nokuthula Ngaka
IT Technician Admin
SA Staff Photo Nolitha Maye
Nolitha Maye
School Counsellor
Nolubabalo Bolonti
Nolubabalo Bolonti
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Nolufefe Ngeyakhe
Nolufefe Ngeyakhe
Maintenance Support Cleaner
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nomawethu Siswana
Nomawethu Siswana
Family Engagement Coordinator
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Nomhle Mzoboshe
Cafe Coordinator and Head Trainer
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Nomonde Ndaliso
Classroom Paraprofessional
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nontandazo Kulwana
Nontandazo Kulwana
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Nositembiso Mageveza
Nositembiso Mageveza
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Nqobile Mokhethi
Nqobile Mokhethi
Clinic Manager
SA Staff Photo Ntlantla Kekana
Ntlantla Kekana
Personal Assistant
Ongeza Cima
Ongeza Cima
Quality Assurance Officer
SA Staff Photo Pelisa Camagu
Pelisa Camagu
Case Worker
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
Teacher
Rorisang Mhlaba
Rorisang Mhlaba
School Principal
SA Staff Photo Sibahle Mxoli
Sibahle Mxoli
Maintenance Support Cleaner
SA Staff Photo Sibone Abrahams
Sibone Abrahams
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Sibongile Magwa
Sibongile Magwa
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Sibulele Magini
Sibulele Magini
Teacher
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Sihle Ntlangu
Psychologist
Simamkele Matiwane
Simamkele Matiwane
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Simthandile Feya
Simthandile Feya
Maintenance Support Cleaner
SA Staff Photo Sinesipho Maqanda
Sinesipho Maqanda
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Siphosethu Nduna
Siphosethu Nduna
Classroom Paraprofessional
Sipuxolo Toni
Sipuxolo Toni
Team Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Sisipho Romo
Sisipho Romo
Classroom Paraprofessional
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Sivenathi Sodo
Computer Instructor
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Siyabonga Nxawe
Outreach Administrator
Siyamthanda Nomtyindyo
Siyamtanda Nomatyindyo
Teacher Aide
SA Staff Photo Siyamtanda Stemele
Siyamtanda Stemele
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Sumeya Wassin
Sumeya Wassin
Procurement Administrator
Taneal Padayachie
Taneal Padayachie
Lead Teacher and Instructional Coach
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Managing Director
SA Staff Photo Thandekile Mzaza
Thandekile Mzaza
Grounds-Handyman
Thatho Maliehe
Thato Maliehe
Dietician
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Thokozile Xhaka
Thokozile Xhaka
Teaching Assistant and ECD Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Thotyelwa Kula
Thotyelwa Kula
JST Intern
US Staff Photo 1021 Travis Randall
Travis Randall
Director, United States
SA Staff Photo Tulisa Magocoba
Tulisa Magocoba
Professional Nurse
Vernon Jones
Vernon Jones
Lead Teacher
SA Staff Photo Viron Barends
Viron Barends
Senior Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyelwa Ndima
Vuyelwa Ndima
Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyiswa Nxele
Vuyiswa Nxele
Maintenance Support Team Leader
SA Staff Photo Vuyolwethu Mlambo
Vuyolwethu Mlambo
Classroom Paraprofessional
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Yolanda Batyi
Yolanda Batyi
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Zimkitha Hermanus
Zimkitha Hermanus
Receptionist
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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— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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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.

Annual Reports