Nov 20, 2018

Get Inspired by Nthabiseng!

Partially-sighted Nthabiseng had to deal with adversity all her life. Having lost both her parents at a young age, Nthabiseng was sent to live with her grandmother, and later her aunt. Tragedy struck again when Nthabiseng’s eyesight began to deteriorate at the age of seven. To make matters worse, Nthabiseng was coping with emotional abuse at home. Eventually, one of her teachers helped her get a place at a boarding school for children with visual impairments.

At the boarding school, Nthabiseng fell pregnant and told us that her pregnancy was very tough. She said, "The father of my baby was unemployed and my family was just angry at me. My brother was addicted to nyaope and would fight us for money. I would sometimes sleep without eating and I would struggle for transport money to go for check-ups,”. At age 16, she gave birth to her daughter Rethabile, who was born with albinism and glaucoma (a condition that affects eyesight). In grade 11, she had to drop out of school because she feared leaving her young daughter alone at home with her family.

Joining Afrika Tikkun’s Arekopaneng center, gave Nthabiseng a beacon of hope for herself and her daughter. With the help of Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Program, Nthabiseng started sexual education training and became a qualified peer educator. “Being a peer educator was a great opportunity, because I speak to teenagers and motivate them to not drop out of school like I did, and to be aware of the social issues around them”, said Nthabiseng, who now spreads her message nationally. She appeared on YO.TV during Child Protection Week in May 2016, to share own life experience and to encourage other young people to make smart choices about their lives. Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Program enables children, youth and their families to actively pursue their human rights, working together as agents for positive change within their homes, community and country. We are proud of Nthabiseng for the progress she has made in changing her life and of those around her.

Click HERE to watch Nthabiseng share her inspiring story!

Nthabiseng is grateful for the help that Afrika Tikkun has given her and she hopes to ‘pay it forward’ by using the opportunities given to her to help her community. She is planning to take the initiative of introducing sports for people with disabilities at Afrika Tikkun's center and is working hard to make a better future for herself and her daughter. Inspired from her story, one of our donors is sponsoring Nthabiseng to help her complete her education. 

On behalf of our 20,000+ beneficiaries, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support in empowering young girls like Nthabiseng. With your help, we hope to mobilize young people in South Africa to overcome the myriad of challenges they face in their communities and effectively break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. 

Oct 22, 2018

Child and Youth Development Program

Prime comes from a place where drugs and violence are a norm for young men his age. From an early age, Prime observed his close male relatives abuse women. Not understanding this behavior, Prime lost trust in men, became reserved and lost a lot of confidence.

“I did not know what to do and felt helpless. I remember every time I wanted to protect these women I was called names and told I was letting women control me” said Prime.

When Prime was 14, he enrolled in Afrika Tikkun’s Child and Youth Development Program and found so many young people who shared his ambitions and dreams of bringing a change in his community. Soon after being part of the program, the previously shy boy started making friends and interacting more with his peers. The turning point in young Prime’s life was when he attended a camp organized by Afrika Tikkun for young men and women to address social challenges in their communities. At this camp, Prime learned that being a man means to protect those around you, that no matter what another person does to you, it is no reason to be violent towards them.

Prime currently attends the Physics and Math’s Saturday classes at our center which has drastically improved his academic outcomes. He has also learned to turn negative energy into positive by channeling it towards things he loves such as cycling and dancing. Prime dreams of traveling the world and is working hard towards becoming an Astronomer.

With the help of donors like you, Afrika Tikkun is preparing young people with education and life skills they need to reach their full potential and effectively break the cycle of poverty. The Child and Youth Development program has been structured to empower young people to form agency and address the social challenges they face in their communities. Following are the five pillars of the program:

  1. Empowerment - Designed to facilitate children, youth and their families to work together as agents for change within their homes and communities.
  2. Innovation - Designed to provide tools that inspire innovation and creativity among children, while introducing critical thinking skills.
  3. Care For Yourself - Incorporates active interventions that promote individual wellbeing through sports, creating awareness around basic nutrition, physical education, and individual value.
  4. Grow Your Future - Creates opportunities for exposure to the world of business, and equips youth with the basic skills for socio-economic integration.
  5. Inspired Learning - Provides tools, resources and innovative approaches to education.

On behalf of our Afrika Tikkun family, I would like to thank you for believing in our mission and for investing in our young people. With your ongoing support, Afrika Tikkun will be able to provide resources and services to more young people like Prime, enabling them to follow their dreams and become productive South African citizens.

Thank you once again for your generous contribution!

Warmly,

Mehdeen Sehgal

Aug 21, 2018

Meet Future Female Leader - Lebogang!

Lebogang, a 15-year old confident and strong young women, lives with her two brothers and unemployed grandparents on the dusty streets of Orange Farm Township (low-income community area) of South Africa. She joined Afrika Tikkun’s Child Youth and Development Program when she was only 11 years old. Since then, Lebogang has worked hard to become a leader in her community.

Along with her studies, Lebogang has been involved in Afrika Tikkun’s Young Urban Women Program, that empowers and mobilizes young girls to take action against gender based violence and women’s rights violation.  At a very young age, with the help of Afrika Tikkun’s facilitators, Lebogang has emerged as a human rights advocate in her community. She has led group debates and dialogues on issues of sexual reproductive health and gender based violence.

She is now in grade 10 and is the chairperson of the Student Representative Council at her school and a Peer Educator. She recently represented Afrika Tikkun in the dialogue that was hosted by LoveLife (a youth focused HIV/AIDS prevention initiative in South Africa), addressing the issues faced by young vulnerable women in disadvantaged communities. In addition to becoming an agent of positive change in her community, Lebogang wants to study medicine and become an ophthalmologist. At an early age she had an eye surgery and  is thankful to those who helped her. She now wants to help others obtain sight too. If you would like to learn more about her future plans, please click HERE to see her LinkedIn profile or click HERE to watch her video.    

Your support has enabled young people like Lebogang to become 'Future Leaders' and beacons of hope for their communities. We thank you for making it possible for us to empower disadvantaged young people through our holistic Cradle to Career Development Model. We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to deliver services addressing holistic educational, medical and economic needs of marginalized youth from early infancy through adulthood, inspiring and enabling them to become productive citizens and leaders of positive change.

Thank you for your investment! 

 
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