Thank you again for your generous support. It is because of you that we are able to provide services to those in disadvantaged positions. As time passes, you continue to support Afrika Tikkun and we are grateful. If you have any questions about Afrika Tikkun or feedback for our Global Giving page, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome all inquiries and suggestions!
Special Thank You to GlobalGiving
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Global Giving for their help and support. Among the great benefits of Global Giving is that they are not only a platform for fundraising for our cause, but they are also a learning tool. Through the Global Giving Online Fundraising Academy, we are improving different aspects of our online presence such as communicating with you.
Many of our children are continuing to thrive through our programs. Our children not only learn necessary life skills such as reading and using computers, but they also learn that they are capable of achieving much more in life. The realization of their potential provides them with the drive to overcome the obstacles facing them. Our goal is to ensure that every child has a brighter and more sustainable future from “cradle to career.”
There are a number of different factors that can affect a child’s education. Please watch our youtube video where we share the rebuilding of a shack for a family in need.
Save the Dates
We would also like to take this opportunity to share two special upcoming Bonus Day events.
On June 25th we will be participating in the Bonus Day event which includes a 100% match on individual donations from $10 up to $1,000.
July 16th will be the very next Bonus Day Challenge as part of the GlobalGiving Online Fundraising academy with a 40% match on donations.
More information to come!
The following is a postcard from Chi Nguyen, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in South Africa, about her recent visit to Afrika Tikkun.
Today, I was able to visit Afrika Tikkun's two project sites in Cape Town, located in the townships of Mfuleni and Delft. Sweet Laura Markovitz, Afrika Tikkun's Development Executive, showed me around the stunning schools they have been able to build and we were able to see the beautiful, shining faces of what had to be over 100 children. These children's faces and bodies were not gaunt, but full, bright, and smiling because they are provided 4 meal times a day thanks to Afrika Tikkun and their generous donors. For many, this is all the food they receive in a day. Because their bellies are full, they are able to focus and learn in class.
But Afrika Tikkun's commitment doesn't stop there. They have adopted a holistic approach to helping the communities that they serve. They do home visits and family support services, so that the children's minds can focus in class rather than on the problems going on at home. Afrika Tikkun as a whole has a huge heart - there is little they wouldn't do for these children.
In addition to primary care and education, they also run a Youth Development Program, where 350-400 youth from the surrounding community can come for a place to play sports, theater, or do arts & crafts. They also provide a full, hot meal to each and every one of these children; similar to the younger ones, this may be the only place these youth receive a meal every day as well.
Afrika Tikkun also does an amazing job of bringing the rest of the community in - 80-90% of their employees are members from the community, and all members of the community are welcome to come to the center at any time for free access to the computer and WiFi. In addition, they hold computer literacy classes and workshops on how to acquire jobs. They store CVs so that they can send them out for any member who would like to apply to a job. Their vegetable and fruit gardens that provide the necessary ingredients for the children are farmed and run by community members.
We concluded my visit with two home visits, where we were able to meet with a few of the beneficiaries of Afrika Tikkun's efforts. A few of these community members, HIV & TB positive, receive full body washes, food parcels to take with their medicine, and a bit of help around the house, among other things. One beneficiary commented, with a smile, that her personal Afrika Tikkun healthcare worker would often come even on the weekends to check on her. Afrika Tikkun really does care.
A New Year
From everyone at Afrika Tikkun, Happy 2014! May this year bring you prosperity and joy. This is our second year being part of the Global Giving family and we would like to thank all of you and Global Giving for believing in our cause. Without you, we would not be able to impact the lives of over 17,000 beneficiaries from “cradle to career.”
Cradle to Career
Our cradle to career model is innovative as it targets different areas of development. Our focus is to holistically invest in all factors that affect development from cradle to career: education, health care and social services for children, youths and parents or caregivers. This comprehensive approach leads to optimal benefits for the child as well as their families and community.
The Passing of a Great Man
Nelson Mandela, our Patron in Chief, passed away this past year. We are proud to share Mandela’s passion and dream of building a brighter and more sustainable future for South Africa from “cradle to career.”
Here are some words from the great man:
Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach our disadvantaged population as a grassroots level. It provides both physical help as well as hope and dignity to the recipients.
Nutrition and Food Security Many children do not have access to resources such as nutrition. Children who do not receive adequate nutrition are not able to focus in school. We are proud to share with you that our Nutrition and Food Security Program was able to provide over 450,000 meals.
While we all believe children should have a fair start at life, the harsh reality is that not all children do. Afrika Tikkun is dedictaed to providing youth with equal opportunities to education and core services from cradle to career. We do not believe poverty should be a permanent state of being, which is why we aim to empower youth living in South African townships to break the poverty cycle.
Absolute poverty is something many of us cannot fathom, and unfortunately there are many who live it every day. There are a number of needs that are not met for many students such as adequate nutrition for learning.
Ubuntu is one of Afrika Tikkun’s core philosophies. The essence of Ubuntu is about not living just for oneself but living for one another and putting the needs of the whole community first.
At Afrika Tikkun, we consider our employees, students, and their relatives as part of our family. Thank you, Global Giving community, for supporting our work through your generous donations and making it possible to move forward towards a more sustainable future.
Despite the many successes, we still continuously struggle to raise the necessary funds required to change the lives of children and youth like Percy N., who's story is below. We do not let this discourage us because we know there are countless members of society that believe change is possible and uplifting those living in poverty is an achievable goal.
Thank you again for your support!
The Story of Percy N. Percy completed each year of his studying career successfully and after matriculating, he joined Afrika Tikkun for the after school activities. It was unfortunate that he could not proceed with his education to tertiary level as his family could not afford the fees. From being a beneficiary in our youth programmes, Percy’s skills as a leader was identified and he was offered employment as the assistant soccer coach at the Diepsloot centre. In addition to the above, towards the end of 2012 Percy was then chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the AFGRI Scholarship to study Agriculture in Mpumalanga. Then in 2013 he was again chosen to represent Afrika Tikkun at the Las Vegas Safelite Triathlon. This was his first time on a plane and first time ever travelling outside South Africa. The investment Afrika Tikkun has made in Percy’s life has not only changed his life forever, it has changed his outlook in life and has enabled him to increase his capability to act as a catalyst for change.
Studies have shown that high quality stimulation through Early Childhood Development programs give children a better chance of breaking the poverty cycle. At Afrika Tikkun, we believe in empowering children as they are the future of the country. While every child should have the right to education, in reality, not all children have equal access. The Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers are the essential platform for children in disadvantaged positions because these centers set the stage for development and preparation for entering formal education.
The benefits of our ECD centers are as follows:
We have received positive feedback from where our children are currently attending primary schools. The majority of our children are performing far better than their peers from other feeder ECDs in the area. We have even been invited by a number of the primary schools to provide learning support to children from other ECDs who are facing difficulties as a result of the education received.
Success Story: Edwin N.Edwin was referred to us by his Grade R class teacher who explained that he had multiple issues that made him unable to cope in a mainstream setting. He was disruptive, socially inappropriate and was unable to participate in structured classroom activities. Assessments revealed a variety of serious barriers to learning were affecting his function on a number of levels.
We implemented an Individualized Educational Plan for Edwin which focused on small group support in our learning center, Speech Therapy at Wits University and a positive reinforcement strategy. Within 3 months, Edwin had made excellent progress and was able to graduate and is now attending his Grade 1 class and can now integrate with other children in a positive manner. Edwin is now a proud member of his class.
Afrika Tikkun would like to acknowledge and thank GlobalGiving and all the donors for their support. It is through this support that children and families in disadvantaged positions, due to circumstances beyond their control, are granted the opportunities that will lead to a more prosperous future. Also, through this support we are able to carry out our vision of creating a sustainable future for children in South African townships.
Afrika Tikkun and the children in our ECDs thank you for your support!
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