The Ubuntu Education Fund is a revered charitable organization that focuses on helping the less fortunate members of the society. The institution was established in 1999. Initially, Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula was engaging in philanthropic activities at the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Jacob Lief joined Banks in providing the needy children of the region with basic needs that would enable them to go to school. Later, they founded the Ubuntu Education Fund and started offering education to the children. The program did not meet their expectations as some children would not attend classes while others would not concentrate on their studies. After undertaking a comprehensive research, they realized that hunger and HIV were affecting most families in the region. This way, the Ubuntu Fund started providing the children with healthcare services and nutrition.
As part of his mandate, Andrew Rolfe organized for a colorful gala dinner in London. Rolfe ensured that all the 300 invited guests were entertained. The management of the fund was optimistic that they would raise over $900,000. True to their words, they managed to raise more than their set target. According to the leadership of the institution, this money would be used for expanding the Fund’s school campus and pediatric clinic. They would also increase the uptake of more needy children in the region.
During the invitation-only event, Sinesipho Rabidyani was invited to the podium to share her story. She wowed the guests with her dress. Sinesipho said that when she was growing up, her father’s drinking behavior made her hate going home after school. Her inspiring story and excellence in school inspired the leadership of the Ubuntu Fund to award her a scholarship to pursue a degree in law at the university.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew is one of the transformative leaders of the Ubuntu Fund. His insights and contribution to the organization has seen the Fund continue to support many disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth.
Before assuming his role as the chairperson of the Fund, Andrew worked for various companies, including Pret A. Manger and Booker Foodservice. In addition, Rolfe rendered his services for PepsiCo Restaurant International. At the Gap, the executive was in charge of international operations.