Ubuntu Education Fund

We are putting South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children on a pathway out of poverty by providing world-class household stability, education, and health support from cradle to career.

Ubuntu Education Fund is guided by an all-encompassing and radical mission: to help raise orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, by giving them what all children deserve—everything.

Ubuntu Education Fund is a grassroots organization that has developed a model for raising children in the disadvantaged townships of Port Elizabeth, operating out of the 25,000 sq foot state-of-the-art Ubuntu Centre.  “Ubuntu” is a Xhosa philosophy that implies human interconnectedness: I am because you are. As our patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often says of this belief system, “It speaks to the very essence of being human. My humanity is caught up, inextricably bound up, in yours. A person is a person through a person.”

Today, Ubuntu has over 2,000 children on the pathway out of poverty, with 132 of our students on scholarships in universities.

Ubuntu has built an integrated system of medical, health, educational, and social interventions to help orphaned or vulnerable children succeed in the worlds of higher education and employment.

A network of community members and supporters has built Ubuntu into a blueprint for culturally appropriate, community-based development. Ubuntu has redefined the theory of “going to scale.” Rather than expand geographically, Ubuntu has drawn a seven-kilometer perimeter around a community of 400,000 people. Our story is about depth, not surface area.


Contact Information

New York Office
Ubuntu Education Fund
32 Broadway
Suite 414
New York, NY 10004
T: (646) 827-1190
F: (646) 485-0924
E: info@ubuntufund.org

Zwide Township Headquarters
Ubuntu Education Fund
P.O. Box 14526
Sidwell 6061
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
T: +27 (0) 41 409-2700
F: +27 (0) 41 409-2763

Financial Information

Ubuntu Education Fund is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.


Banner photo: Children in front of the Ubuntu Centre.
Photo left: Early Childhood Development toddlers enjoy structured play at the Ubuntu Centre.
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Donate Now to Ubuntu Education Fund


Here is what your donation can do:

  • Ubuntu scholars will earn $8.70 in lifetime earnings and see a net gain of $2.20 to society for every $1 invested in them.

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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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