Itheko 2016

On May 14, South Africa Partners gathered 340 friends and supporters to present its Desmond Tutu Social Justice Award to Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan for their vision, dedication and principled activism.  Helping South Africa Partners honor these heroes of South Africa’s liberation movement were retired Justice Albie Sachs, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, and Chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Nelson Mandela’s personal chef for twenty-two years.

At the event Executive Director Mary Tiseo said of the honorees, “Individually and together, they have worked tirelessly to realize a free and democratic South Africa.  We are proud to call them our friends and mentors, and are humbled by their accomplishments.”

The event took place at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel and raised funds to support the South Africa Partners early childhood development (ECD) program. In describing the organization’s ECD program Thembi Ngubane- Zungu, South Africa Partners Deputy Country Director, said, “Our Wrap-Around Early Childhood Development program works because we place the child at the center.  With this approach, the child is surrounded by the educational, psychological, and social support programs they need to ensure they have the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Established in 1998, South Africa Partners builds mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and South Africa in the areas of health and education.  Serving as a catalyst of innovative approaches, South Africa Partners links people, strengthens communities, promotes social justice and fosters leadership in both countries.






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