Sbu Myeni is a former banker who reinvented her life by launching a foundation providing holistic education and support for vulnerable children in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a rural community outside Durban. Imbeleko currently runs two core activities: a series of afterschool programs and a scholarship fund. A number of other initiatives, ranging from nutrition and food, healthcare, mentoring, sports, arts and culture, and family counseling provide needed peripheral support to the children’s families to ensure their educational success. Imbeleko, which Myeni created as a legacy to honor her late sister, has and continues to serve hundreds of children and youth each year. On fellowship, Myeni developed a social tourism venture as part of her foundation’s efforts to ensure long-term self-sufficiency, boost skills training and address youth employment. She also explored afterschool program models throughout the U.S. in an effort to build a solid foundation to empower South Africa’s next generation.


Imbeleko Foundation


  • sbusisiwe myeni

Program Year



Single Nation/Region Program

Country of Origin

South Africa

Destination Country

United States