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East Africa is home to over 200,000 Global Indians and undoubtedly, the community has left its mark in areas of business, trade, politics and societal change. However, with levels of income inequality growing at a rapid pace, many have found themselves at odds with creating wealth and the duty of social custodianship that Indianness requests.

Our next guest, Jonathan Uglow, has been on a powerful journey to demonstrate how real change can take place through the most powerful social transformations as well as the active steps you can take to make it happen. His charity, the Rafiki Thabo Foundation provides funding to scholars to attend higher education. His programme supports over 250 students per year in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho and has impacted the lives of hundreds across the region.

A special thank you to our previous guest and friend to the platform Bob Bhania for the introduction. You can find out how to support his charity via the links below.

About Jonathan Uglow

Jonathan Uglow was born and raised on a farm in North Cornwall, but between A Levels and University, spent a year living in rural Kenya.

His eyes opened to the inequalities of the world, Jonathan returned to the UK passionate to make a difference, however small.  After reading History at the University of York, he went on to complete a Masters Degree in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.  In 2006, he set up a small charity, Rafiki Thabo Foundation which seeks to provide funding to Scholars in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho, as well as supporting all kinds of other community projects that enable and enhance education.  Alongside chairing Rafiki Thabo, Jonathan is married with three sons, works as a Garden Designer and lives in Oxfordshire.  His firm belief is that education is the truest mechanism for societal change.

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About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for the ideas that re-shape a nation.

My purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, join in as we bring people and communities together.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.  Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

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Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopaedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 139

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest: Jonathan Uglow.
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