March 20, 2017
After ten years of extraordinary service to children and teens living with HIV in South Africa, Generation Ubuntu has made the difficult decision to close our physical center and programs in Khayelitsha. Unfortunately, difficulty of funding, the ending of key institutional grants we relied on and an increased level of violence in the region made our operations unsustainable.
I personally want to thank all of you who have supported Generation Ubuntu in so many ways. It is because of your generous spirit that hundreds of children and teenagers received life-saving health and social services, participated in life-changing experiences and have been able to call our center home. Our facilities provided our children with psychological support, tools and education to help them experience life to the fullest, a safe place to have fun and be kids, and a community filled with love.
Our most important legacy is the young people and families we have invested in and worked with over the past ten years. Although the news of our closure was met with deep sadness, our young leaders have vowed to stick together, to educate their communities and fight stigma, and to carry Generation Ubuntu’s vision forward. We have always believed in them and now we have passed the baton to them.
During this transition, we are exploring partner organizations to work with that can best provide the life-enhancing services we desire for children living with HIV. We are also excited to be leveraging all that we have learned and developed over the past decade by publishing Generation Ubuntu’s best care practices and curriculum in order to benefit other organizations working with similar populations. We have already received requests for our curriculum from over ten organizations and are happy that our work can continue to deliver impact.
I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished over the past 10 years at Generation Ubuntu. I could not be more thankful to all who believed in my vision– my family, friends, colleagues and partners. And, most importantly, I am grateful for your investment in the future of the children we served. Seeing children become healthy and families transform because of Generation Ubuntu’s work is a dream fulfilled – and makes me optimistic about the potential of humanity when we come together for a greater good. Your generosity has made a profound and lasting impact on me, our extended Generation Ubuntu team, our collective communities, and the children of Khayelitsha.
Founder of Generation Ubuntu, NFP