Our South African team is responsible for carrying out EwB’s mission and strategy. The team collaborates with school administrators, teachers and tutors to support EwB learners.
Board of Directors, South Africa
Thato Makgolane is a Canadian designated chartered accountant who spent 10 years in Canada during which time, he volunteered and served on EwB (Canada) Board. Today, he lives in Johannesburg and continues to provide finance / strategic insights to both EwB (Canada) and EwB (SA).
Stephen N Murefu is married, with 2 children and based in Cape Town. He is an Economic Development specialist who has been involved in the South African renewable energy sector for the last 7 years.
Mark Gamble is the Founder and Executive Director of AspireYouth. The majority of Mark’s career has involved design, implementation and leadership in the child and youth development sector of South Africa. He is a father of 2 young adults. His personal interests are Tai Chi, Meditation and Wilderness Hiking.
Executive Director, Canada
Board Director, South Africa
I continue to be inspired by the young people of South Africa who believe that they can be contributing members of a fair society. Inspiration is also found through the devotion and passion of those working in South Africa to bring about the change that is needed to provide equal opportunities for these young people to achieve their dreams.
What inspires me about EwB is the fact that for over 15 years a group of people thousands of miles away from South Africa have volunteered hours of their time to create a safe space for less privileged children to study, battle poverty and realize their potential.
Board of Directors, Canada
I am inspired to work with EwB as an opportunity to give back to the country that gave me so much, and in a way that makes an enormous and meaningful difference to the lives of the people who we are able to help.
I am inspired by the children, full of hope and high expectations despite their impoverished circumstances. I am delighted to be part of an organization that nurtures their optimism and dreams, by providing them with educational support so they can take their rightful place in society and help build a successful future South Africa.
I believe education is a critical pathway out of poverty. Many barriers continue to exist in the township school system. The EwB programs provide an opportunity to mitigate these barriers by supplementing school classes and by fostering learning in a creative and supportive environment. I am deeply committed to supporting this work and being part of an organization that strives to build the capacity of disadvantaged youth.
EwB focuses on learning, a critical requirement that will enable people to realize their potential. This is aligned with my belief that education is the platform for people development.
It is wonderful to play a part in the essential, successful programs that EwB offers and to be able to contribute to promoting learning in South Africa. I'm inspired by the learners who make a huge effort to gain a quality education so they can reach their own potential.
Long Term Fundraising Committee
Timothy Pezarro - Vancouver
Evidence indicates that education and especially child education is one of the critical measures that breaks the vicious cycle of generational poverty. I am a long term finance committee member striving to break this cycle through consistent funding. My primary role is corporate, institutional and private fundraising with a focus on long term donor engagement. Long term donor engagement delivers sustainable program funding; learning outcomes are significantly improved with multi-year student enrollment enabled by sustainable funding.
Sithandazile Kuzviwanza - Montreal
Millions of black and brown children are disadvantaged because of who they are and where they were born. We all have a part to play in changing this. Joining EwB is one way I am supporting the work being done to build a better future for our kids.