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The Intaba was born following a visit to South Africa by her founder and CEO, Dr. Murdock Henderson, during the summer of 2007. Upon meeting a little boy in Kwa-Zulu Natal, who goes by the name of Matthew, this plot soon thickened after he learned that thousands of deaf South Africans share a similar plight to his—that of further marginalization and ostracism from mainstream society. Our mission is to help not only South Africans, but also hundreds of thousands of others from developing and Third World countries, reverse this trend so that they are regarded as equals to their peers.

10,000 Valleys

Intaba is an indigenous term in several African dialects that means mountain, which is interpreted by many cultures around the world as a symbol of hope.

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Murdock Henderson

Founder & CEO of INTABA

Dr. Murdock Henderson visited South Africa as a consultant in 2007, and there the dream of the INTABA was born. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Minnesota, and a combined Master in Science and doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois. He capped off his clinical training at the Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami Medical School) and the Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School), respectively. His dissertation has been based on the pioneering work of a world-renown psychologist, Dr. McCay Vernon, and their collaborative interest in learning disabilities among deaf children. Currently, Dr. Henderson teaches at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, USA.

We share a heart for deaf people world wide. We share an emic orientation with these same communities. Our objective is to empower those of us who come from lesser developed societies.

Founder & CEO of Intaba, Dr. Murdock Henderson

Foundation

Kavita Ramdas-Stanford, the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women (GFW), shares something powerful among those of us who work in the non-profit world in that we need to make sustainability not only possible for our grantees, but NPOs also need to make themselves sustainable for those we serve.

“Building capacity is a newer concept in that we need to include the communities that we work with to be part of the process—this is what is described as true altruism and empowerment. Thus far, if we look at the more successful non-profit organizations using Carnegie lenses, then we should be making every effort to duplicate what this American pioneer has discovered about great leadership.”

While teaching a capstone class about establishing non-profit organizations last summer (2012) at the world-renown Gallaudet University, an institution of higher learning for persons who are either deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing with a specific interest of working with people who are deaf, Dr. Henderson realized that too many NPOs are dependent on a shrinking pool of grants made available by particular governmental organizations that tend to employ an etic perspective towards tackling global issues pertaining to human rights.

“Too many of us are then shun away from not only a democratic process, but also any hope for real change. This is evident when we look at the attitude most societies have towards educating members of their own deaf communities and visa versa.” says Dr. Henderson.

Dr. Alan Green, a highly sought after community consultant in urban social development, and associate professor at the University of Southern California (USC), shares with us a book called "The Revolution will not be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex", and this is something that has really hit home for those of us who want to see significant changes take place in causes that we hold dearly to our hearts.

As a result of this riveting book, among many other issues, Dr. Henderson has decided to set up a foundation, simply called the Intaba Foundation, to help other NPOs who want to help those in direst need in just about any society in the world—those who are deaf with no real voice in their political system.

“We may be viewed as being silent by the majority of us who constitute mainstream society, but what we convey with the use of our hands goes beyond what we can possibly measure using the index of spoken language. We have a right to be heard, and this is the direction that we want to go in since being incepted as a non-profit organization in 2007.”