Jessica Abo sits down with the founder and CEO of Ubuntu Pathways to learn how the nonprofit supports African children to find paths out of poverty.
March 1, 2019 2 min read
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Jacob Lief believes poverty is complex, but the cycle is breakable. After visiting South Africa to observe the country’s historic elections, Lief returned to the Eastern Cape to co-found Ubuntu Pathways in 1999.
What started in a broom closet has become a world-class institution that supports 2,000 children. Today, Lief oversees 70 employees across three continents and has grown Ubuntu into an internationally-recognized model for community development. Lief has received several awards and honors for his work, including being recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
His book, I Am Because You Are, chronicles his journey in South Africa and sets forth a new, bold vision for breaking the cycle of poverty. To celebrate Ubuntu’s 20th anniversary, the organization is holding a gala in Los Angeles on April 4th.
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