Impact

The Ubunye Challenge focuses on early childhood education because study after study proves that education at a young age provides longterm, lasting, positive outcomes. Providing children with education at an early age (when brain development is rapid) insures they are ready to learn when they enter primary school. Conversely, those who do not receive early childhood education start primary school already behind, and rarely catch up to their luckier peers. By intervening early, we can give these children a fighting chance to get a decent education, without which they will undoubtedly remain mired in poverty.

Partners

Ubunye Foundation Vimba

Charitable Endeavors

Food For Families

Food For Families

In 2020 when COVID 19 caused a strict lockdown in South Africa many highly vulnerable families of the Eastern Cape, the poorest province faced an unbearable plight. Our “partner on the ground”, the Ubunye Foundation, identified eight hundred families in great need of help procuring food. Through their Food Relief program...

Mobile Classroom (Masibakhulise) Project

Mobile Classroom (Masibakhulise) Project

In 2018, with the help of the Ubunye Foundation, we have set a very specific goal: doubling the number of children served by the early education programs we have helped create. Specifically this means educating an additional 200 students which, at a cost of $150 per student per year, means we seek to raise $30,000.

Hatcliffe School Construction Project

Hatcliffe School Construction Project

The school at Hatcliffe has started construction. The School is being built on the Hosanna Love in Africa Orphanage’s property. There are 30 Children at the orphanage who currently attend pre-school in a tent on the school grounds. There are also children from the surrounding area who attend the pre-school. The building that is being funded by The Ubunye Challenge and Vimba will service these orphans and the vulnerable children in the community, getting them out of a tent and into a proper classroom before the rains arrive in November.

The Eastern Cape Edutainer Project

The Eastern Cape Edutainer Project

The Ubunye Challenge has helped install 5 new Edutainers in the rural Eastern Cape. The Edutainers provide safe and secure facilities for learning for young and vulnerable children. The Edutainer is an instant classroom. It is an initiative of the Bright Kid Foundation made from a shipping container (12 square metres) with fitted windows and doors, insulated, electrified, furnished including ventilation systems. The container is delivered to a community and installed on prepared concrete foundations. Each Edutainer is stocked with carefully selected books, teaching aids and educational toys.

Mapere Classroom Block and Learning Centre Project

Mapere Classroom Block and Learning Centre Project

Mapere Primary School has been the main primary education facility for the surrounding farmlands in Concession, Northern Zimbabwe. The plight of the residents in this area surrounding these farms has worsened over the years. By uplifting the standard of education of the children in this area, we will give these children the opportunity to gain skills that will empower them beyond their families current socioeconomic status. Without the basic infrastructure and foundation in education, it closes the door on future opportunities for these children.

Teacher Funding in the Eastern Cape

Teacher Funding in the Eastern Cape

Ubunye works in very isolated and economically impoverished rural villages. Five years ago, in most of these villages, there were no pre-school services and this was a key priority identified by the communities with whom the Ubunye Foundation first started working. Over the last five years we have worked with rural women’s self-help groups to establish ‘Safe Parks’ or non-formal pre-schools in order to make sure that these rural children can get the best possible start in life. The Safe Parks provide a structured daily programme as well as nutrition programme because a child with an empty stomach cannot learn or thrive.