Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun was founded in 1995 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris. Nelson Mandela has been our revered Patron-in Chief since inception. Our development organisation is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for disadvantaged children, youth and their families through Community Centres of Excellence and strategic partnerships. Our aim to empower communities in South Africa to develop new generations of productive citizens. This is achieved through a Holistic Development Model. It is delivered from 6 purpose built Centres of Excellence in the Townships in which we operate (Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Alexandra, Hillbrow, Mfuleni, Delft) The model starts with the suppo...
Jun 29, 2015

Developing the Future of South Africa

Youth Development
Youth Development

Dear Afrika Tikkun Friends and Family,

Thank you for continuing to support the youth of South Africa. It is through your generous support that we are able to provide a platform for our youth to develop and grow into productive citizens in society. Many of our youth are in disadvantaged positions due to circumstances outside of their control. Insufficient access to resources presents a major obstacle in the development of youth. Through Afrika Tikkun and your generosity, we are able to provide much needed services for our youth that allow them to realize their full potential and enter the job market as well rounded individuals ready to break the vicious poverty cycle.

 

Youth Development and Placement  
One of the nine central challenges identified by the National Development Plan is that too few people work, youth unemployment statistics currently sit at 38%. Skills and enterprise development is critical in preparing the youth for career and entrepreneurial opportunities that will help break the cycle of poverty.

Through the development of skills, enterprises and social services, our aim is to:

  • Contribute to the decrease in the number of unemployed youth by providing quality, gainful employment opportunities.
  • Encourage and create a sense of personal accountability amongst youth.
  • Facilitate skills acquisition towards employment and enterprise opportunity.
  • Make sustainable impact on communities and the economy.
  • Ensure return on Investment for investors under the BBBEE codes.

 

Success Story of Nonhlanhla H., 21 years old
Nonhlanhla’s parents are both deceased and her mother was the last one to pass in 2009. They are seven in their family and are all living under the care of their older sister who is 26 years old. The family was surviving on a grant that was being given to their younger siblings.

In 2013 the Hlatshwayo siblings were referred to Afrika Tikkun by the City of Johannesburg. This was done as a part of the Child Headed Households Program, which the City partnered with Afrika Tikkun and other organisations in taking care of orphans within the Orange Farm community. The family was enrolled into Afrika Tikkun’s Nutrition Food Security and Family Support Services.

The family was again chosen as a beneficiary for the Nelson Mandela Day Shack Renovation initiative this year. This was after the owner of the shack they were living in wanted to take his shack back and the help came at the right moment, when they were about to be left homeless. Now they have a three roomed spacious home, which they can now call a home.

On the 15th of August KFC Add Hope came to visit Afrika Tikkun clients and the Hlatshwayo family was chosen for the visit. Lindy April, from Add Hope visited the family with a delegate from KFC and they were greatly touched by the story of the family. This was when they offered Nonhlanhla a job at KFC. Nohlanhla was enrolled for training in the same week and has been given a full time employment by KFC.

“I’m so thankful to Afrika Tikkun and the Donors for what they have done for me and my siblings. It’s so nice to have a place of your own without having to worry about giving back the building material. I’m also very happy that we have 2 bedrooms for boys and girls and now I can also look forward to going to work and supporting my siblings.”  - Nonhlanhla

Nonhlanhla H.
Nonhlanhla H.

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Jun 8, 2015

Progress Report 8

Let
Let's Build a More Sustainable Future

Dear Afrika Tikkun Friends and Family,

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to change the lives of over 17,000 beneficiaries living in disadvantaged positions. It is through your support and generosity that Afrika Tikkun is able to continue its mission to invest in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through Afrika Tikkun’s community Centers of Excellence and strategic partnerships.

                                  

Equal Start at Life
The harsh reality is that not all children have an equal start at life. Due to circumstances beyond their control, many families are living in poverty and do not have equal access to resources that will help break the vicious poverty cycle. Through Afrika Tikkun’s development programs, children are able to realize and reach their full potential as they grow and develop into adulthood.

 

Early Childhood Development Centers
Afrika Tikkun is devoted to investing in early childhood development because it improves the lives of the children and it makes the future of South Africa more sustainable. The objectives of our Early Childhood Development Centers are to:

  • To provide children an opportunity to develop in the areas of numeracy and literacy, through play and creative activities
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of children, through access to adequate nutrition and health services
  • To ensure children are given age-appropriate computer skills development

 

Success Story of Mandala
11 year old Mandla voluntarily joined our after school Child and Youth Development Programme. Our life skills facilitator noticed that Mandla was not happy, came to the programme looking dishevelled and disrupted the programme. Our life skills facilitator discussed the situation with our social worker, prompting a home visit. When visiting Mandla’s house the social worker discovered that Mandla was living with his mother and step father who were both drug addicts. Their situation was horrendous and it became clear that every cent of the household’s money was spent on supporting their drug habit. Mandla witnessed his mother and step father do things an 11-year-old boy should never ever have to witness.

With the help of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of, an Afrika Tikkun social worker, Mandla’s teacher and the life skills facilitator, Mandla was temporarily moved to Mfuleni’s ‘Place of Safety’ for children where he received the care and attention he needed. Afrika Tikkun then found a foster family for Mandla to move in with. Although this was extremely tough for Mandla and he still faces hardships, his life has changed for the better and this is evident in his current behaviour and response to developmental investment. Afrika Tikkun’s support has provided Mandla with the potential to thrive.

Mandala
Mandala

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Mar 24, 2015

The Sustainable Future Project Progress Report

Orange Farm Job Readiness Graduation
Orange Farm Job Readiness Graduation

Dear Afrika Tikkun Family,

Thank you for your continued support. Through your support, we are able to empower youth to realize and reach their full potential in life. The future of South Africa is bright thanks to your unwavering support which enables us to provide vital services to those in disadvantaged positions. 



Poverty
Due to high rates of poverty, many youth often find themselves taking part in harmful and illegal activities as they do not have equal access to resources. This creates an unsafe environment for our youth to be able to develop their skills and achieve their full potential. Many of our youth do not have an equal start at life which continues into youth and adulthood, creating a vicious cycle of poverty for future generations.  


Preventing Poverty

The Sustainable Future Project empowers youth and their families to break the vicious poverty cycle by providing services for education, life skills training, and computer skills training that are necessary for entering the job field. These programs are essential for keeping our youth off the streets and taking part in illegal and harmful activities. After completing these programs, many of our beneficiaries return to Afrika Tikkun as volunteers and employees.


Making 2015 Special

With your support, we can continue empower youth through the Sustainable Future Project. We want to create a sustainable future for South Africa by investing in our youth. By the crating a platform for our youth to develop their skills and realize their full potential, they will have the ability to enter the job field as talented and competitive employees.


We look forward to continuing this valuable partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you again for your commitment to empowering the youth of South Africa.

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