Afrika Tikkun

Over the last 22 years, Afrika Tikkun has built a sustainable future by enabling today's disadvantaged children and youth to become tomorrow's productive citizens. Through our unique and proven Cradle-to-Career model, we invest in the sustenance, education and social development of 19,000 children from early infancy through young adulthood and into gainful employment. South Africa's multitudes of disadvantaged children face unique challenges that are no fault of their own. For many, lack of access to basics such as having parents, food, shelter and healthcare means that daily life revolves around simple survival, frequently leading away from education and social promise into de...
Mar 10, 2017

Creating Opportunities

Your valuable contribution enables Afrika Tikkun to create pathways of upward mobility for the most disadvantaged youth living in the township communities of South Africa. With your help, we have empowered the young population to break the cycle of poverty and access employment opportunities. One of our proud beneficiary is Elizabeth, who is successfully pursuing her professional goals.

Elizabeth is 23 years old and lives with her parents and three siblings in Orange Farm township of South Africa. Her father lost his job which brought a lot of financial pressure on the family, as he was the main breadwinner. Elizabeth had to discontinue her education in electrical engineering as her parents could not afford to send her to college. She was referred to Afrika Tikkun’s Youth Skills Development and Placement Program through her friend. She registered for our ‘Ready to Work’ course, that enables young people like Elizabeth to receive relevant job skills and practical experience that they need to secure employment.

Elizabeth appreciates the training and the hands-on experience she received through our program. Now, she not only is job ready but have also learned other social and emotional life skills, that will help her excel in her career. This confident young woman is now working in a Health and Safety Learnership (work based learning program).

Afrika Tikkun’s Youth Skills Development and Placement Program focuses on unemployed young people from disadvantaged communities between 19 and 35 years. The program provides the young and unemployed with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills, career guidance, job readiness training, job placement and access to bursaries for further learning. To date, the program has trained over 4000 unemployed young people and has facilitated the placement of approximately 40% of them in various opportunities including learnership, internships and entry level jobs.

We thank you for your ongoing support in creating opportunities for our youth. Your investment allows our programs to implement innovative strategies to address the many socio-economic challenges they face in their communities and ensure their sustainable future.

Warm regards,

Mehdeen Sehgal

Feb 13, 2017

Striving for a Better Future

Happiness is five years old and has been attending Afrika Tikkun Early Childhood Development Program for two years now. What makes Happiness different from most of her peers is that she uses wheelchair to get around. Happiness has a condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. However, we make sure that Happiness is able to overcome all challenges that impedes her development. Our Early Childhood Development Program is augmented by support services that also include Program for Children with Disabilities and Their Families, that allows us to ensure that Happiness is able to access quality education, just like her peers. Happiness recently lost her mother, but her Afrika Tikkun family helped her in every possible way during this difficult time. She will soon be moving in with her grandfather.

Regardless of the many challenges that Happiness had to overcome, she has continued to grow with the help of Afrika Tikkun, and because of the ongoing support from donors like you. She will soon be promoted to Primary School and we are thrilled to see her progress!

We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to help more kids like Happiness in the most impoverished communities of South African townships. The Early Childhood Development Program is the starting point in our ‘Cradle to Career’ Development Model, allowing us to ensure that the foundation of a happy, healthy, functional and productive South African citizen is established.

Click HERE to watch one of our young beneficiaries, showing her appreciation for her Afrika Tikkun family. 

You can also click HERE to learn more about our impact in Afrika Tikkun Annual Report 2015.

On behalf of our 20,000+ beneficiaries, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your involvement in our Afrika Tikkun family.  Your contribution is helping thousands of disadvantaged children in South Africa.

Warm regards,

Mehdeen Sehgal

 

Feb 13, 2017

Empowering Young Women to Advocate for Human Right

Afrika Tikkun serves the most marginalized communities in South Africa affected by Apartheid. Most often this translates to efforts to serve women, mothers and their children, in particular, as well as their families in general. One of our main goals is to educate, empower and develop young people, especially women, to become powerful and self-sufficient agents of positive change in their own communities. One of our programs that does that is, Young Urban Woman Project-- a leadership and self-led human rights advocacy program of our organization.

Gabrielh, is a Young Urban Woman who is working for sexual and reproductive health rights of women. Gabrielh and her single mother have endured incredible hardships in the South African township where they live.  Irrespective of all the barriers she had to surmount, Gabrielh has blossomed into a leader of other women and in her community. Teen Voices recently published a piece about what she and her fellow YUW members are doing to address teenage pregnancy-- a disturbing phenomenon preventing girls from finishing school in South Africa.

Please click HERE to read more.

Your support has enabled Gabrielh to evolve from being a recipient of Afrika Tikkun's services to becoming a beacon of hope in her community.  We thank you for joining us in making a difference in the lives of young people like Gabrielh, who are #LivingMandelasLegacy by advocating for human rights and social justice, as are you.  To quote Nelson Mandela, Our Patron in Chief in Memorium, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  

Afrika Tikkun creates innovative and sustainable solutions for the women we serve. Your generous contribution has allowed us to empower young women in many ways, such as:

  • Providing necessary resources to our female beneficiaries to access employment and educational opportunities
  • Increasing civic participation of women and mobilizing them to address the challenges affecting them.

 On behalf of our 20,000+ beneficiaries, we thank you for your generous contribution and hope that with your continued support, we will be able to empower more young girls like Gabrielh.

 

Warm regards

Mehdeen Sehgal 

 
   

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