I Am Because You Are

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Subtitle: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community
Author: Andrea Thompson
Publisher: Rodale Press (2015)
ISBN-10: 1623366615
ISBN-13: 9781623366612
Condition: Very Good. Evidence of a price sticker removed from the inside of the back cover. Light wear to cover edges with some small creases across the corners and a few of the pages.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 210
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg


In 1998, Jacob Lief, a 21-year-old American university student, met school teacher Malizole "Banks" Gwaxula in a township tavern in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After bonding over beers and a shared passion for education, Gwaxula invited Lief to live with him in the township.

This fortuitous meeting brought together two men separated by race, nationality, and age. Inspired by the spirit of ubuntu - roughly translated as "I am because you are" - the two men embarked on an unexpectedly profound journey. 

Their vision? To provide vulnerable children in the townships with what every child deserves-everything. Today, their organization, Ubuntu Education Fund, is upending conventional wisdom about how to break the cycle of poverty. Ubuntu provides everything a child needs and deserves, from prenatal care for pregnant mothers to support through university-essentially, from cradle to career. Their child-centered approach reminds us that one's birthplace should not determine one's future.



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