The success of the Ubuntu Education Fund is anchored on its leadership team. Jacob Lief and Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula are the founders of the organization. They two were inspired to help the needy children in the society after seeing their suffering. To this end, they moved with speed to provide them with educational tools. However, they came to the realization that education was not the problem considering that the some children could not attend school. Upon carrying out a comprehensive research, Banks and Jacob realized that hunger, HIV and other family issues were adversely affecting them, thus the low turnout in school.
Jacob and Malizole decided to provide the students with food and look after their well-being by developing a pediatric clinic within the institution. This way, more students started reporting to school and concentrating on their studies.
In the spirit of seeking to help more students, the Fund decided to organize a funds drive. Andrew was charged with the duty of ensuring that the guests are provided with a variety of delicacies. He was also responsible for entertaining the guests. Notably, 300 guests attended the invitation-only event. When they were planning for the occasion, the leadership of the Fund had targeted to raise $900,000. The guests raised more than $972,960.
Andrew and the management of the Fund posited that they would use the money to equip and expand the pediatric clinic. They would also expand the campus’s capacity. After these projects have been completed, the Fund will increase the number of needy children enrolled at the Port Elizabeth-based school. This South-African campus has an elaborate cradle-to-career program that seeks to support all the children enrolled at the institution from when they are young until when they start their respective professions.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew Rolfe has been serving as the chairman of the Fund for many years. His transformative leadership has been beneficial to the institution, as the Fund has managed to operate as a going concern. Moreover, Rolfe is passionate about giving back to the society.
The executive has worked for different renowned corporations. It is for this reason that he has a extensive management experience. Rolfe has worked for the Gap where he served as the president in charge of its international operations. He has also rendered his services for Pret A, Manger and PepsiCo Restaurants International.