Roots partners with NGOs and small start-up companies with ethical and sustainable practices; all organizations that are adding valuable contributions to community programs, conservation efforts, or local and green economies. One of them is Projekt Ubuntu, a daycare center teaching both our local communities and international volunteers about the principle of humanity.
Once upon a time…
Projekt Ubuntu was founded in 2010 by Candi Horgan and Sidney Ryan. In a world where the focus has become increasingly on material, they created a space focusing on human values and service. They wanted to remind themselves of their own Ubuntu (= humanity) and at the same time create a project which could teach young people from around the world about values.
The Ubuntu Centre was founded in 2015 in the township of Masiphumelele. It was a means to channel much-needed resources into the community and to establish a safe space/aftercare for the children. Together, their Roots interns manage the program and the volunteers along with Mama Pathiswa Ngcuka. Gradually, they are seeing the positive impact of the program on the children.
In 2008, Projekt Ubuntu worked with local and national governments, civil societies and NGOs to ensure the reintegration of African refugees back in their townships after the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Projekt Ubuntu wants to make a big impact and has already hosted about 4000 volunteers from all over the world.
What they stand for…
Projekt Ubuntu’s mission can’t be described in one sentence. The overall value is the African principle of humanity. It builds on our interconnectedness as human beings and our ability to work together for the betterment of every person and mankind. Therefore, Projekt Ubuntu is a great opportunity for each person to grow by taking responsibility and by strengthening one’s own personality. The experience takes you back to your own roots and makes you question the crucial things that really matter in life.
Projekt Ubuntu supports the following day care centers in the township of Masiphumelele:
- Ubuntu Centre (60-100 children)
- Masivelani (20 children)
- The Wetland Project (20 children)
- The Orange House (40 children)
- The Elizabeth Yoliswa Home for Children – Kiddies Corner (30 children)
- Flinkys Place of Safety (40 children)
- Sinethemba – School for disabled children (20 children)
Their culture is…
Ubuntu’s culture is very diverse. That’s because different cultures from all over the world come together to work as one unit. There is a colorful mixture of personal, cultural, and social issues as well as values. Together, this provides an open space for sharing thoughts and opinions. Ubuntu is a space detached from materialism that focuses on social issues and leads to self-development. Most importantly are the openness within the team, mutual intentions, caring responsibility, as well as understanding and patience.
- Projekt Ubuntu organized a living portrait of a lion in 2009, to draw attention to climate change all over the world. Over 1600 school children took part in that action and they were roaring for change.
- In 2010, Projekt Ubuntu organized a human portrait of Nelson Mandela before he died. The image represented Africa’s message of humanity all over the world. About 2000 people took part in that living artwork.
All Projekt Ubuntu internships
- Marketing and Communications internship
- Youth Social Work internship
- NGO Event Management internship
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