Poverty is not a lack of resource, it is a lack of connection, a lack of community. With community we can solve the issues of food, water and shelter, but without it, we have only politics and charity left, and neither solve anything.
I am Ubuntu Army
You are Ubuntu Army
We are all Ubuntu Army
Ubuntu is an Nguni Bantu term meaning humanity. It is often translated as I am because we are. Ubuntu is a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. Ubuntu Army adds action to that belief. Ubuntu Army is compassion. Ubuntu Army is strategic empathy, a point where love and action meet. You join Ubuntu Army by practicing kind action. Independent, on-your-own-terms acts of kindness.
Ubuntu Army is a collection of ordinary, everyday, garden variety people from around the world, who offer their skills, resources and time to assist the most vulnerable members of our society, and help them to reclaim their dignity and independence. Ubuntu Army confronts poverty and division by taking personal responsibility for the suffering of those around us.
Rather than rely on government, institution or NGO, members of Ubuntu Army, the ordinary people, step into the fight against poverty, and form, and hold, the thin red line of Ubuntu around the vulnerable. We leave our comfort zones. We reject politics, donation and faith as the only basis for change, and we reclaim our power, our connection, our community, and ultimately our countries, through kind action.
Ubuntu Army has proved repeatedly, through lockdown, riot and flood, that support offered, and received, by ordinary people, unite those people, and builds trust and community between them, and heals both parties in the transaction. Compassion builds community. Compassion builds countries. Through the bond of sharing, of Ubuntu, we create unity, and forge true democracy, free of agenda and divisive politics.
Ubuntu Army is a rallying cry for all of us to take personal kind action in the fight against poverty, inequality and division. Ubuntu Army is a rallying cry for a Compassion Revolution.
Unite and Conquer.
At Ubuntu Army, we do three things really well.
Building an Ubuntu Link is the single most important act of kindness we will take in our lives. It is an act of strategic empathy, of matching love and action. It is a simple, uncomplicated act. It is an act of compassion, an act of connection, an act of community. It is an act that destroys division, directly fights poverty, and heals pain. It is an act that will save us, our society, our country, our humanity, and ultimately, this creaking planet of ours. It is an act of revolution.
It is an act at the core of the Compassion Revolution.
It is during times of crisis and disaster that the vulnerable are most exposed. During these times, Ubuntu Army supports the vulnerable, unreservedly. Our approach to crisis and disaster is simple. We believe in direct, on-the-ground connection and collaboration with the newly vulnerable.
This approach has proved highly effective in meeting the challenges of food, shelter and resource presented by lockdowns, rioting, and floods. The ordinary people of Ubuntu Army have made a real difference in the lives of those affected by disaster. We respond.
The Poverty Lab is a think-action tank working on behalf of the vulnerable. A collaboration of designers, engineers, social scientists, artists and strategists who work to identify the components of poverty, and to develop solutions to those components.
The Poverty Lab employs a multi-disciplinary approach to its research, advocates for its findings, and invests in people, technology and projects that directly, and effectively, fight poverty on the frontline. To date, the Ubuntu Farm has been our flagship project, with new research projects in the tank.
So, what can you as an individual do to help create real change?
What about donation?
For the most part, we would like you to keep your money to build, and sustain, you own Ubuntu Link, as the connection created in this transaction is everything.
Ubuntu Army does not prioritise donation. However, we do require financial contribution to respond to disaster when it erupts, to advocate for establishing Ubuntu Link as a global ethic, to support our research and development into poverty, to distribute and plant Ubuntu Farms, and to pay our administrative costs.
In an ideal world, Ubuntu Army would not exist. Unfortunately, we are not living in an ideal world. Poverty is real. Ubuntu Army is here to end poverty. We are not looking to join the non-profit sector for revenue or career. We are here to end poverty, and to dissolve once the job is done.
We are transparent and lean. Our financial records are available to all members and contributors, at any point, and we do our best to convert 98% of your contribution directly into ending poverty, and supporting those in crisis.