Thoughtful Consideration

“A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”

Nelson Mandela

While it’s true that Africa is a harsh place, it is also a place whose people, animals and ecosystems teach us about a more interconnected world. Nelson Mandela said that the gift of prison was the ability to go within and to think, to create within the things he most wanted for South Africa: peace, reconciliation, and harmony. Through his acts of intense open-heartedness, he became the embodiment and personification of what in South Africa is called UBUNTU: “I AM BECAUSE OF YOU.”

For me, the gift of alcoholism…



We apologize for turning away all potential residents currently, but Ubuntu is not currently operating. We’ve enjoyed our relationship over the years working with various Oklahoma Agencies to provide a safe living environment for their clients, as well as the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. I, Kenny Fikes, funded Ubuntu myself for over 8 years and am no longer able to do so. It is a 501-C3 organization as I planned to accept donations, but I never got around to the fund raising aspect as it’s neither my strength nor desire in asking for money.

Your thoughtful consideration of this appeal is appreciated. We will mail you additional information at your request.