Founded by clinical psychologists Tony and Hillary Hamburger, Ububele is a centre of learning with a focus on improving the emotional development and wellbeing of children under 7, their parents and other caregivers. Since the beginning in 2000, its work has centred on the promotion of mental health and the development, field testing and advocating of low-cost models of preventative care and experiential training, which are suitable for low-resource environments. Located in Kew, our programmes are mainly conducted in nearby Alexandra. Ububele, which means kindness, embodies the notion of public interest psychology.
The vision of Ububele is framed by a human rights approach to mental health, as described by the United Nations Resolution 1386(XIV), particularly the rights of children to special protection, and to be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable [them] to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. "In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration." (UN General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV), 10 December 1959). .
"Giving children a healthy start in life, no matter where they are born or the circumstances of their birth, is the moral obligation of every one of us". Nelson Mandela
Ububele’s vision for South Africa is that of a nurturing society with secure, well-cared for children, who grow up to be emotionally healthy adults, competent parents and good citizens.
Ububele’s mission is to have a positive impact on the mental health of disadvantaged South Africans through the development and dissemination of training programmes which focus on early childhood and experiential group work.