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
US Staff Photo 0323 Alexis Duclos
Alexis Duclos
Chief of Staff
SA Staff Photo Anda Mini
Anda Mini
Art Teacher
Andiswa Kubashe
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Anele Qinga
Anele Qinga
Apprentice Teacher
SA Staff Photo Anele Zenzwa
Anele Zenzwa
Aministrative Assistant
SA Staff Photo Anelisa Sokwali
Anelisa Sokwali
Professional Nurse
Asanda Bumhudza
Asanda Bumhudza
Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Asemahle Mhlope
Asemahle Mhlope
Assistant Teacher
SA Staff Photo Asipe Radi
Asipe Radi
Procurement Administrator
SA Staff Photo Asive Mzinyati
Asive Mzinyati
Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Athenkosi Mfengu
Athenkosi Mfengu
Maintenance Support
SA Staff Photo Avela Magula
Avela Magula
Case Worker
Azola Katyana
Azola Katyana
Assistant Teacher in Training
SA Staff Photo Babalwa Marks
Babalwa Marks
Outreach Administrator
SA Staff Photo Babalwa Mzalisi
Babalwa Mzalisi
Monitoring & Evaluation
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Bernard Ting Chong
Operations Supervisor
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Beth Honig
Director, UK
SA Staff Photo Bongeka Mnqawuli
Bongeka Mnqawuli
SA Staff Photo Bongekile Ntenteni
Bongekile Ntenteni
Barista and Baking Assistant
SA Staff Photo Bonolo Mokgethi
Bonolo Mokgethi
Professional Nurse
SA Staff Photo Busisiwe Mtana
Busisiwe Mtana
Community Health Worker
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
SA Staff Photo Dillan Williams
Dillan Williams
Supply Chain Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Dr Kemi Dele Ijagbulu
Dr. Kemi Dele-Ijagbulu
Part Time Doctor
Eric Hodana
STEAM Teacher
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
SA Staff Photo Glynnis Minnaar
Glynnis Minnaar
US Staff Photo 1023 Grace Mc Kenna
Grace McKenna
Development and Operations Coordinator
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Heinrich Francis
Heinrich Francis
IT Manager
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Irene Senekal
Irene Senekal
Human Resources Officer
SA Staff Photo Isipho Makunga
Isipho Makunga
Case Worker
US Staff Photo 1021 Jacob Lief
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
SA Staff Photo Kanyisa Nohako
Kanyisa Nohako
Outreach Manager Assistant
UK Staff Photo 1021 Kathleen Fogarty
Kathleen Fogarty
Head of Data
UK Staff Photo 0323 Kerry Dunlop
Kerry Dunlop
UK Event Manager
SA Staff Photo Khanyisa Ndlazi
Khanyisa Ndlazi
Clinic Data Capturer
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Kobus Froneman
Kobus Froneman
Chief Financial Officer
SA Staff Photo Lamlani Daweti
Lamlani Daweti
Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Lebogang Gobodo
Lebogang Gobodo
ECD Aide - Level 1
SA Staff Photo Likhaya Saliso
Likhaya Saliso
Maintenance Support
Likhona Fobe
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Lindokuhle Falitenjwa
Assistant Teacher
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Loyce Matloga
Loyce Matloga
Stock and Accounts Clerk
SA Staff Photo Lubone Abrahams
Lubone Abrahams
ECD Aide - Level 2
SA Staff Photo Ludumo Mnyengeza
Ludumo Mnyengeza
SA Staff Photo Lumka Rhojie
Lumka Rhojie
Data Capturer
SA Staff Photo Lusizo Lamani
Lusizo Lamani
Finance Assistant
SA Staff Photo Luvo Jama
Luvo Jama
Technical Maintenance Support
US Staff Photo 1023 Madelyn Bickel
Madelyn Bickel
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Malibongwe Mabokela
Malibongwe Mabokela
ECD Aide - Level 2
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Banks Gwaxula
Malizole 'Banks' Gwaxula
Founder and Senior Advisor
SA Staff Photo Mamello Mpoka
Mamello Mpoka
Maintenance Support
SA Staff Photo Mandilakhe Blou
Mandilakhe Blou
ECD Aide - Level 2
SA Staff Photo Mandisa Tsibaphi
Mandisa Tsibaphi
Maintenance Support
US Staff Muarice Blackmon
Maurice Blackmon
Middle School Supervisor and Capacity Coach
SA Staff Photo Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Mbongekuhle Mgijima
Jnr Help Desk Technician
SA Staff Photo Megan Goosen
Megan Goosen
Locum Pharmacist
Monwabisi Magadlela
Monwabisi Magadlela
Senior Nurse
SA Staff Photo Namhla Nteyi
Namhla Nteyi
Clinic Administrator
SA Staff Photo Namhla Ntsabo
Namhla Ntsabo
Senior Case Worker
SA Staff Photo Ncebakazi Badi
Ncebakazi Badi
UK Staff Photo 0323 Nicole Mc Carthy
Nicky McCarthy
Fundraising Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Nkosana Nomnqa
Nkosana Nomnqa
SA Staff Photo Nokuthula Mangqasana
Nokuthula Mangqasana
Creditors Clerk
SA Staff Photo Nolene Abrahams
Nolene Abrahams
HR Manager
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Nomawethu Siswana
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 Ntombomzi Ndleleni
Ntombomzi Ndleleni
SA Staff Photo Ntombozuko Ndoni
Ntombozuko Ndoni
Supply Chain Coordinator
SA Staff Photo Ofentse Mokobodi
Ofentse Mokobodi
School HR Officer
Ongeza Cima
Ongeza Cima
Quality Assurance Manager
SA Staff Photo Oyama Ngada
Oyama Ngada
School Social Worker
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 Sakhiwo Lambani
Sakhiwo Lambani
SA Staff Photo Shaun Dickson
Shaun Dickson
Facilities Manager
SA Staff Photo Sibabalwe Dyasi
Sibabalwe Dyasi
HHS Administrator
SA Staff Photo Sibahle Sigam
Sibahle Sigam
Barista Trainer
SA Staff Photo Sibone Abrahams
Sibone Abrahams
Instructional Aide
SA Staff Photo Sibongile Magwa
Sibongile Magwa
Assistant Teacher in Training
SA Staff Photo Sihle Ntlangu
Sihle Ntlangu
Sinamava Jibiliza
Classroom Paraprofessional
SA Staff Photo Siphokazi Teyisi
Siphokazi Teyisi
Maintenance Support
SA Staff Photo Siphosethu Nqupe
Siphosethu Nqupe
Admin & Facilities
SA Staff Photo Siphosethu Simakuhle
Siphosethu Simakuhle
Barista and Baking Assistant
SA Staff Photo Sisipho Romo
Sisipho Romo
ECD Aide - Level 2
SA Staff Photo Siyabonga Zungu
Siyabonga Zungu
SA Staff Photo Siyamtanda Stemele
Siyamtanda Stemele
Instructional Aide
Taneal Padayachie
Taneal Padayachie
School Principal
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Tarryn Mthimkhulu
Managing Director
SA Staff Photo Thandekile Mzaza
Thandekile Mzaza
SA Staff Photo Thokozile Xhaka
Thokozile Xhaka
Teacher in Training
SA Staff Photo Thotyelwa Kula
Thotyelwa Kula
JST Intern
US Staff Photo 1021 Travis Randall
Travis Randall
Director, United States
SA Staff Photo Viron Barends
Viron Barends
Senior Accountant
Sa Staff Photo 0618 Vuyiswa Nxele
Vuyiswa Nxele
Maintenance Support Team Leader
SA Staff Photo Xabisa Jarom
Xabisa Jarom
Instructional Aide
SA Staff Photo Yolanda Batyi
Yolanda Batyi
SA Staff Photo Zikhona Ngwendu
Zikhona Ngwendu
Data Capturer
SA Staff Photo Zimkitha Hermanus
Zimkitha Hermanus
Junior HR Officer
SA Staff Photo Zintle Mdoda
Zintle Mdoda
Maintenance Support
SA Staff Photo Ziphozakhe Ndlebe
Ziphozakhe Ndlebe
Quality Assurance
Zukiswa Ngangalaza

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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