During the most recent Ubuntu Education Fund charity gala in London, over £ 603,000 was raised. This gala was in conjunction with Andrew Rolfe and they raised about R 10 million in South Africa and this money was for the Ubuntu Education Fund’s Port Elizabeth campus to expand its student capacity and it will also be used to improve the paediatric clinic that is associated with the campus.
The organisation was founded in 1999 whose focus was education tools but they ended up catering for more things because the founders came to a realisation that other underlying factors like hunger and HIV were an obstacle that prevented the children from reaching their full potential. This made them decided to include health, nutrition and many other things into consideration.
There were approximately 300 of London’s most known socialites and philanthropists in attendance. They were entertained by some Xhosa chorals and what caught people’s attention the most was the story of Sinesipho. She narrated her life story and shared how the Ubuntu Fund had helped her and how she was accepted into law school and helped her mother move away from their father.
Her moving story and the talents of other performers of the night increased the capacity of generosity of those who were in attendance. Mr. Charlie Ross was the auctioneer during that evening and they were able to auction off a couple of items such as a fully paid trip to South Africa, a portrait by Nelson Makamo and two Dom Pattinson paintings.
When the night was about to conclude, Jacob Lief, the founder and CEO of the Ubuntu Education Fund gave a speech on how after he spent 20 years seeing many disadvantaged children in Africa he decided to do something to help them. He realised that these children needed healthcare, education and food.
Because of the help he got from donors and other individuals, he has been able to fund up to 2000 children. But what is very impressive is the fact that the Ubuntu Education Fund has been able to reduce the transmission of HIV. The Ubuntu Education Fund is committed to ensuring sustainable development.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew Rolfe is the chairman of the Ubuntu Education Fund. He was the president of Gap International for two years. He is located in New York.
Rolfe has a master’s degree from Harvard Business School in Business Economics and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford.