Lead With Humanity Foundation

Through it's leadership immersions, Lead with Humanity delegates interact directly with various communities, who open their homes and their hearts and significantly contribute to the deep richness of their experiences.  Deeply moved by the communities and the people they interact with and inspired by the grassroots leadership in difficult circumstances, delegates give back through the Lead with Humanity Foundation.

Lead with Humanity Annual Report 2020/2021 by Nicola Brown

2019/2020 Annual Report
Read the first Annual Report of the Lead with Humanity Foundation for the Financial Year 2019 - 2020.
Over the past 20 years, the Lead with Humanity Foundation has grown to support ten communities in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng. 
The Foundation began as a response from our programme delegates, deeply moved by the communities and people they interacted with and inspired by the grassroots leadership they encountered.  

Over ZAR 750 000 has been donated by our past delegates, with contributions often matched by their organisations. These funds have been distributed back into these communities through meaningful and sustainable initiatives.
Close consultation takes place with each community and is followed by transparent and accountable project management.

All fundraising and distribution of funds is done through the Ubuholi Nobuntu Community Program NPC (Trading as the Lead With Humanity Foundation).  The Ubuholi Nobuntu Community Program NPC is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and Section 18(a)  Public Benefit Organisation.

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 of our leadership immersions, 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. In 2019, the Foundation completed the construction of a communal meeting place at one of the area's few taxi stops. This project  included the construction of two tiers of retaining blocks with concrete slabs on two levels and permanent tables and benches for these two levels. We also planted an acacia tree to complement the existing tree, and provide additional shade. The vision is for this place to become a potential trading space.

Parkington Informal Settlement

In 2019, the Foundation engaged in a series of discussions with the two leadership groups in the Parkington Informal Settlement and identified the rising need to rebuild the dilapidated creche in the community. The Foundation is in the process of completing a new and fully resourced creche facility.
The creche will initially cater for four child minders and 30 children with the number of children is expected to grow.

Havelock Informal Settlement

Nestled within a formal residential community, Havelock is built against a hill with a high shack density over nearly 300 households, home to over 700 people. Established in 1987, Havelock is privately owned; one part by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements and another part by a private owner. 
Our work over the years had included:
  • Ablution upgrade: Leading with Humanity has facilitated the installation of ablution facilities in the settlement by the Town Council.
  • Washing-line facility for residents to hang their washing 
  • A community center comprising of two converted containers. One is used for the development of income-generating projects for the community and the other as a creche.
  • A jungle gym to complement the creche..

Bhambayi Informal Settlement

In 2019, the Foundation was introduced to Blessing Nyoni, a remarkable young activist, is a community leader with the Bhambayi Informal Settlement in Phoenix, Durban. An incredibly resourceful community leader, Blessing is engaged in a wide variety of initiatives through her recently formalised NPO, GOLDCO (dedicated to enhancing Governance, Ownership and Leadership in order to drive Development). GOLDCO, through its multiple
youth development and community development initiatives, directly impacts the lives of about 180 residents, spread across the age continuum, and reaches over a thousand more through its networking and campaigning activities. In 2019, the Foundation assisted Blessing in furnishing a small corrugated-iron office structure she had built next to her home, as a base for her Youth Chess Club and income-generating projects. We have also provided additional chess sets for the club.

Home of Hope

Led by Khanyisile Motsa, affectionately known as Mam' Khanyi, Home of Hope is a residential home for vulnerable girl children who have been rescued from prostitution and the trafficking trade. Mam'
Khanyi is driven by a deep purpose that had directed the course of her life and her story follows an inspirational leadership journey.
Home of Hope fights against child trafficking and a culture of sexual exploitation and violence that robs children of their future. The home's core value is to restore human dignity through identifying
victims of abuse, rehabilitating survivors and educating these young girls and women towards independent and successful futures.

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.

Banking Details

Lead with Humanity Foundation
Standard Bank Hyde Park: 006605
Acc no 045655545BIC

The Lead with Humanity Foundation is a registered Public Benefit organisation. All donations made to the Foundation are eligible for tax deductions under Section 18A of the South African Income Tax Act.

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