After witnessing cycles of brutality, violence, and trauma, both local and global — from gang-ridden, poverty-stricken communities in our backyards to the brutal, horrifying violence in Sudan, Congo, and countless other regions, Living Ubuntu came into being in 2005 because we began asking ourselves simple, yet urgent, questions:
- What can be done to help the mass numbers of traumatized people in this world?
- How does one address healing for people with varying cultural backgrounds and taboos against seeking help?
- When entire societies have been traumatized, what does genuine healing look like?
Our name is representative of the philosophy eloquently described by Desmond Tutu in recognition that “my humanity is… inextricably bound up in what is yours,” and “what dehumanizes you inexorably dehumanizes me.” Just as “Ubuntu” describes our inter-connectedness, Living Ubuntu seeks to support the common good while also addressing factors that detract from that.