our South African partners

100% of your donations to Ubuntu Global Connections will go to South African non-profit organization (also called NGOs). The projects and initiatives described below that are not themselves NGOs are affiliated with and supported by a non-profit organization.

Meet the Zithulele Community

Three of Ubuntu Global Connections’ South African partners work together in this vibrant village in the rural Eastern Cape, showing how a holistic and supportive approach helps everyone in the community.

By working side by side to support and add resources to the school system and the local hospital, NGO staff and volunteers have helped to strengthen the community at the grassroots level. After all, the best schools, teaching staff, and resources amount to nothing if students get sick and have no access to quality medical care. In total, this little community boasts an astonishing seven non-profit organizations, all of which work together and support each other.

Following are the three Zithulele nonprofit organizations supported by Ubuntu Global Connections:

This small yet rigorous “school of hope” has grown steadily towards its dream of offering high-quality, multilingual education in a community where  literacy and employment rates are low. The school  embraces a unique mix of children from the community as well as the children of local NGO staff which makes for a diverse and exciting learning environment. Since its inception in 2016, the Zithulele Independent School has helped make living and working more sustainable for NGO families who have relocated to the rural Eastern Cape. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram.


Founded in 2009 by Craig and Michelle Paxton, an initial team-of-two focused on High School Science and Maths, Axium Education has grown to a staff of 100+ serving more than 3,200 children in Grades K-12, in 25 schools in rural South Africa. Through supplemental education programs, developing excellent rural schools and research and advocacy, Axium strives for dramatic improvement in the quality of rural schooling and student achievement. Axium is facilitating effective pathways for rural students to succeed in graduating, accessing opportunities, and beginning to strengthen their communities.  


Four doctors established the NGO, Jabulani, in 2007 to support the burdened and struggling local government hospital in Zithulele that serves a widespread population of 130,000. Poor infrastructure, inadequate sanitation and communication, limited water and electricity, and crushing unemployment are just some of the challenges to the health and well-being of this community in one of the poorest parts of the Eastern Cape. Jabulani is focused on mitigating these deficiencies through initiatives in four core areas: healthcare, education, the environment, and poverty relief through community development.


Other Projects and Initiatives

Tsolo Building Project

Tsolo is a rural village in the Eastern Cape province with a population of approximately 8,000 people and is the hometown of Phineus (Phini) Nememba, a long-time friend of Ubuntu Global Connections as a local guide and expert. Phini is a leader in Tsolo and a problem-solver for the community, and supports critical projects there. Ubuntu Global Connections has supported Phini’s effort to restore a building that serves as a church and community center and hopes to support more of his efforts to lift up the people and businesses in this small community.

African Angels

African Angels is a school and community project located in Chintsa East, South Africa, which is near the city of East London. The organization provides a primary education for over 142 socially and economically disadvantaged children from the ages of six to thirteen in nearby communities.


Greensleeves Children’s Trust

Greensleeves Children’s Trust is a children’s home providing education, housing and counseling services for 69 abandoned or neglected children in East London, South Africa. Their mission is to equip each child with the skills and values to make impactful differences in their communities and beyond.