The recent ‘Ubuntu Education Fund charity’, organized in London, raised over £603,000. Andrew Rolfe and others met to raise money for the disadvantaged African children. The money is to be used to expand the children’s capacity at the Ubuntu’s ‘Port Elizabeth Campus’. Part of the cash will be used to improve the pediatric clinic operated by the campus. The fund raiser surpassed the target which was £600,000.
Of ‘Ubuntu Education Fund’
The fund caters to all the needs of these children from the time they are inducted to the campus until such a time as they can go out as career people. The fund was started in 1999 and specialized on addressing education related needs of the disadvantaged children. Education alone was not enough since children here also had to grapple with hunger and health and accommodation challenges.
The fund raising gala was chaired by Andrew Rolfe on the organization’s behalf. Speeches were made, but that of Sinesipho Rabidyani stood out. She told of how she was affected by her alcoholic dad as a child. She narrated how she dreded going back to their home from school fearing to find her dad there. She also told how she studied hard and was an ‘Ubuntu Fund scholar’. The mentorship she received from Ubuntu was her strength. She is now joining law school and cannot be happier. She told the gathering that she had succeeded in persuading her mother to leave her abusive spouse.
Sinesipho’s story encouraged contributions during the auction where a portrait and two paintings were put under the hammer. £33,000 was raised from these three items.
Concluding the Event
Ubuntu CEO explained the achievements of the fund. He especially pointed out the success reached by reducing HIV transmission from mother to child. Again the organization was happy to report that 90 percent of the children in their care go on to join university
Andrew is the Ubuntu Fund chairman. Andrew is the director of ‘TowerBook Capital Partners’. The company deals in hospitality and retail in America and across Europe.
His first master’s degree is in economics from Harvard University. He has another master’s degree which he earned at ‘St. Edmund Hall’ in Oxford. In 1988 he graduated with his first degree from ‘University of Oxford’.
According to Forbes magazine, George Soros is a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $ 25.2 billion. He is 86 years old and has acquired most of his wealth from hedge funds. Soros is married with five children and lives at Katonah, New York. He has degrees in Arts and Science from London School of Economics. In 2016, Soros listed as number 19 among the top 400 richest people and number 10 among the highest-earning hedge fund managers on nytimes.com. Soros life wasn’t always easy, he fled Hungary and put himself through school by working as a railway porter and a waiter. However, he got a job in the finance department at a merchant bank that propelled his career. Later, Soros moved to New York and got a job at Wall Street. In 1996, he established a hedge fund with a capital base of $ 12 million. The company was later, rebranded as Quantum Fund. George Soros is a vocal supporter of refugees. Were it not for America accepting him during the Hungarian Nazi-occupied time; he would not have made it. In September 2016, he pledged to spend $ 500 million on institutions founded by migrants and refugees especially those of European origin. The plight of refugees according to Forbes is personal.
George Soros work in philanthropy began in 1979. According to Discover the Networks, five years later, he founded the first foundation that seeks to build vibrant and tolerant democracies. It also aims to ensure governments stays accountable to its citizens. The Open Society Foundation was launched in his country of birth. After opening the Moscow office, his doors of philanthropy flew wide open, and between 1987 and 1992 on Biography, he spent between $ 3- 300 million per year in donations. He established several foundations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and consequently, political leaders were at his doorstep. Today, his Foundations remains active in over 70 countries across the globe. In 1993, Soros established the Soros Foundation Network. It went by the name Open Society Institute until 2010 when it rebranded to Open Society Foundation. The foundation extends its philanthropy to many nations but has majored its capital injection into local groups in America.
In America Soros has stood firm in the fight for the election of progressive political leaders on discoverthenetworks.org. He has donated to Catalist Seeks, an institution that helps organizations realize electoral success by building a national voter database that is robust and clean. In 2010, according to Discover the Networks, George Soros donated $ 8,000 to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that works to elect progressive candidates to the federal office. With the aim of improving and encouraging social change, George Soros funds the Center for Community Change that dedicates itself to finding progressive leaders and prepares them to lead. Additionally, George Soros funds Gamaliel Foundation that educates people on techniques of social change.
Sanjay Shah and his wife Usha are preparing for an event to help raise awareness for Autism. Autism Awareness starts on April 2nd in Dubai and Autism Rocks charity event will be there to help raise money to aid in research and development. Autism Rocks was founded in 2014 by Sanjay Shah Denmark and has been going strong with donations ever since. The even will have performers like Tyga and Flo Rida to help raise money along with many different types of fun events happening.
Their son was diagnosed with autism at the young age of two and at the time they weren’t sure what to do. There is no cure for autism but they wanted to be able to do the best they can for their son so they came up with a charity event. Sanjay Shah has been in the business industry for many years and in fact owned his own company called Solo Capital. The company was very successful and allows Shah to semi retire and focus more on the efforts of Autism Rocks.
He soon realized that wasn’t something he wanted to do anymore so he switched his major to the accounting side of the spectrum and began working in the investment industries. His foundation was laid quite sound and it really took off for him. His future with Autism Rocks has grown immensely and he is pleased to have the opportunity to donate the funds to research and development and help those in need. His wife and him have worked very hard to make sure the charity thrives and continues to be successful.