I Am Because You Are: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community

Jacob Lief, Andrea Thompson

"In 1998, Jacob Lief, a 21-year-old American university student, met school teacher Malizole "Banks" Gwaxula in a township tavern in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After bonding over beers and a shared passion for education, Gwaxula invited Lief to live with him in the township. Inspired by their fortuitous meeting--which brought together two men separated by race, nationality, and age, and by the spirit of ubuntu, roughly translated as 'I am because you are'--the two men embarked on an unexpectedly profound journey.


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Book Information

Publisher: Rodale Books
Publish Date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 9781623364496
ISBN-10: 1623364493
Language: English

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As a college student visiting South Africa, Jacob Lief discovered the true meaning of humanity and went on to found the Ubuntu Education Fund. I Am Because You Are is both a rough translation of the word “Ubuntu” and a manifestation of the idea itself. In this enthralling book, Lief details his friendship with a local teacher, and how their devotion to education helped shape their vision for the Fund, which offers an innovative model for lifting needy children out of poverty.

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