In-person connection is the gold standard. In-person connection allows for people to experience their shared vulnerability without the filter of a screen, to touch and feel, and smell and taste connection. To be human. In-person connection destroys poverty, politics and division, heals all involved, and is the foundation of community.
Digital connection, although not as grounded, does serve a purpose in our fast-paced, disconnected, digital world. The Ubuntu Link Facebook group which was established in early 2020 during the Covid lockdowns, facilitates digital connection between previously separated people, and has fostered many thousands of new relationships. Many of these relationships endure. In the process, many thousands of vulnerable African families have been fed, clothed and sheltered. Join Ubuntu Link and meet new people now