Lead With Humanity Foundation

All Lead with Humanity programs ensure delegates interact directly with communities – many of which are impoverished and lack leadership. Notwithstanding this, they open their homes / lives to delegates and contribute hugely to delegates experiences. As a way of saying thank you, delegates seek to respond and assist these communities enhance their lives.
Over the past 15 years, 6 communities have benefited / are benefiting significantly, with numerous projects completed or are in the process of being implemented. This would not have been possible without the generous contribution of all past delegates and particularly the Henley Nordic Business School and its Danish students. To date, over ZAR 500 000 has been generously donated spent on worthwhile community upliftment projects.

Close consultation takes place with each community. There is the clear understanding that the support is for projects that add long-term solutions and value, and not be a ‘quick fix’ / hand out. 

All fundraising and distribution of funds is done through the Ubuholi Nobuntu Community Program NPC (Trading as the Lead With Humanity Foundation).

Mduku Community

The Mduku Community is situated near Phinda Private Game Reserve in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Lead with Humanity initially engaged with the Mduku Community, in 2002, when it was very rural and impoverished. Over the past 12 years, the community has experienced fundamental development due to its strong forward-thinking leadership and partnership with Phinda.

Lead with Humanity has contributed to the community in the following ways, spending over R50 000 on projects there:
  • The provision of reading materials, books, box libraries and teacher tools to the local Pre-Primary School.
  • The design and build of a jungle gym for the children at the local Pre-Primary School.
  • The provision of 2 brand new wheelchairs for the Mduku Special Needs School.
  • A R25,000 donation to the new HIV / AIDS wing at the Mduku Clinic.

Federation of Urban Rural and Poor (FEDUP)

For more than 20 years, FEDUP has pioneered a collaborative solution to transform South African cities: empowering poor people to help themselves, teach themselves and develop themselves.

FEDUP has empowered hundreds of communities to start saving schemes, develop their own knowledge and capacities, build houses, and acquire land.

Lead with Humanity has had the pleasure of engaging with FEDUP during each program, and through the relationship has contributed to the following two projects in Inanda and KwaBesters areas:  
  • Piesang River Savings Group – Developed by the late Patrick Magebhula, Leading with Humanity provided the funds to upgrade the FEDUP building, provide security for communal meeting area. Funds have also contributed to improved communications programs and the spreading of the FEDUP programme to other communities.
  • Lethokuhle Ladies Savings Group - headed by Nomali Zondo with funding to create a meeting place for the 60 members and to act a catalyst for the development of further groups. This is a community-based saving group that meets regularly to contribute funding and provide financial support against the perils of poverty. They are an inspiration to many in the community.

Eskebheni Community Meeting Place

The Eskebheni community near Inanda Dam in Kwa-Zulu Natal is a beautiful but improverished area challenged by a lack of leadership and diverse interest groups.

Lead with Humanity is in the process of building a communal area at main taxi stop at Esithobhini saseSontweni intersection, within the community. The overriding purpose is to create a place for the community to meet, and hopefully in due course to trade at. This project is in progress.

Havelock Informal Settlement

Established in 1987, Havelock is an informal settlement that houses approximately 340 residents in over 200 shacks. Havelock is nestled within a formal residential community and is privately owned; one part by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements and another part by a private owner. Havelock is built against a hill and the shack density is high.

Lead with Humanity’s involvement with Havelock is a unique opportunity that could act as a prototype for integrating the Havelock informal community into the greater community area. Each project identified has a long-term prospectus but has had and will continue to have numerous milestones along the way:
  • Ablution upgrade – Leading with Humanity has facilitated the installation of ablution facilities in the settlement by the Town Council.
  • A community center is now being proposed and will be completed shortly, in conjunction with local authorities.
  • Bridge: During wet seasons, the stream that runs through the Havelock community regularly floods; creating a marshland that prevents community members from being able to cross the stream. It is also a source of infection / poor sanitation. To address this challenge, Leading with Humanity is looking to re channel the stream and build a bridge across the stream.
  • Playground: Children within the Havelock community have little chance for recreation. Leading with Humanity is building a jungle gym for the children to play and develop motor skills. The long-term view is to develop a park around the playground that will be open to both formal residents and the Havelock community, and discussions on the playground have already contributed to relationship building with the greater community.

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