Causes We Support
LEAP is a transformational learning model that aims for excellence—particularly in mathematics, science, and English—and so uplifts disadvantaged young people's lives and the communities where they live. LEAP provides the highest-quality education to students from grades 9 to 12 with the potential to learn and a willingness to work hard toward success in education, future employment, and life. LEAP is a learning organization created by educator John Gilmour to give young South Africans the academic and life skills they need to become productive and responsible citizens. LEAP schools have high expectations of South Africa's youth and aim to transform deeply divided communities, one graduate at a time. What makes LEAP special is its focus on the emotional and social development of young people and their communities.
Since LEAP's launch, outcomes for its graduates have been positive:
- Seventy-four percent of LEAP graduates are now studying and 7 percent are working.
- Thirty percent of those who are studying are at an academic university, 44 percent are at a technical university, 12 percent are at an FET college, and 11 percent are in the LEAP Future Leaders Program.
- Twenty-three percent study business and accounting, 19 percent go into engineering, and 17 percent choose education as their field of study.
Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, ensuring they can access higher education and employment. Ubuntu's mission is simple, all-encompassing, and radical: to help raise township children by providing what all children deserve—everything. Ubuntu has since surpassed all expectations. The organization, which started with a few thousand dollars spent on school supplies, now has an annual operating budget of 7 million dollars; what began with two friends working out of a school closet now encompasses more than 80 employees in offices on three continents. Today, Ubuntu has more than 2,000 children on the pathway out of poverty, with 132 of our students on scholarships at university. Over the last 13 years, Ubuntu has built an integrated system of medical, health, educational, and social interventions to help orphaned or vulnerable children succeed in the worlds of higher education and employment. A network of community members and supporters has built Ubuntu into a blueprint for culturally appropriate, community-based development. Ubuntu has redefined the theory of "going to scale." Rather than expand geographically, Ubuntu has drawn a 7-kilometer perimeter around a community of 400,000 people. Our story is about depth, not surface area.
Working in more than a dozen countries, primarily in Africa,Lifeline Energy focuses on reducing energy poverty for the poorest, with anemphasis on women and girls. Partnering with local aid organizations, Lifeline Energy assesses the target population's energy and information needs,co-creates appropriate distribution strategies, and trains end users to maximize the benefits of Lifeline products. It fully engages the community,working with vulnerable groups to design renewable products they need in their day-to-day lives, which also can be used in microenterprises. Lifeline Energy remains a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity in the U.S., a registeredcharity in the U.K., and is a Section 18A and 21 non-profit in South Africa. Under its new name, Lifeline Energy retains all board members in the U.S., U.K., and South Africa, as well as its ambassadors—Tom Hanks in America, Mount Everest and South Pole trekker Sibusisu Vilane in Africa, and noted humanitarian Terry Waite in Europe.