Since its inception in 1999, Ubuntu has grown into a thriving community institution in the heart of Port Elizabeth’s townships as well as a global model for poverty alleviation, garnering recognition from the likes of the World Economic Forum and the Aspen Institute. The Ubuntu Centre, their 24,000 square-feet state-of-the-art health and education facility houses everything children need to thrive: a pediatric clinic, an on-site pharmacy, a community theater, the region’s first early education center, computer labs, a vocational training hub, age-appropriate classrooms, and a counseling wing.
- After just four years of joining Ubuntu, 82% of their clients are on-track toward stable health and employment.
- Every $1 invested in an Ubuntu child yields a real lifetime earnings increase of $8.70.
- In a region where 1 out of 3 pregnant mothers is HIV-positive, 100% of HIV-positive expectant mothers at Ubuntu give birth to healthy, virus-free babies.
- HIV-positive clients at Ubuntu’s clinic adhere to their treatment plans at a rate of 91%, compared to that of 57% in the townships.
- Annually, Ubuntu serves more than 400 clients with life-saving HIV treatment and support and delivers over 12,000 health services and over 2,000 psychosocial interventions.
- Each year, Ubuntu provides up to 400 hours of world-class early education, ensuring 100% of their toddlers graduate prepared for primary school
- Ubuntu’s scholars have an average matric pass rate of 90%, qualifying them to attend university, compared to the 37% pass rate in the Eastern Cape.
- 68% of out-of-school youth secure rewarding employment through Ubuntu’s Job Skills Training program and an opportunity pipeline that includes top corporate recruiting partners in the area.
- 95% of Ubuntu’s staff comes from the communities they serve and 80% of their management positions are filled by African women.