Who We Are
Strategies To Advance and Network Deaf Africans for Ubuntu, Inc. (also known as STANDU, Inc. or STAND for Ubuntu), is an organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Ubuntu in our name derives from the Nguni term roughly translating to human kindness but in this sense meaning our belief in the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
In this respect, we believe that Deaf people particularly in Africa where Deaf communities usually exist on the margins of mainstream society should not continue to be on the sidelines. We aim to promote that universal bond and connect Deaf Africans to their various societies as equal participants and contributors.
STANDU, Inc. is established exclusively for the purpose of providing programs, services, support, access and information in the areas of rights, empowerment and capacity building to Deaf persons, organizations and communities as well as their allies and partners throughout Africa.