Jul 26, 2018

Meet Rorisang - A Young Peer Educator

Rorisang Mokoena (11 years) began her journey with Afrika Tikkun when she was just a toddler, coming every day to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program. Today she is in Grade 4 and part of the Child and Youth Development (CYD) Program. Rorisang has enthusiastically attended the Center ever since she joined; and in 2017, Rorisang became the youngest Peer Educator in Afrika Tikkun. She also received a CYD award last year for Best Academic Results.

“Being a peer educator has groomed me to teach my peers how to speak out whenever they are facing abuse or any other issues at home and at school,” said Rorisang.

Rorisang is one of the best speakers in the program, and was chosen to represent Afrika Tikkun's Arekopaneng Center at a radio show to talk about bullying in schools. One day, she would like to study Electrical Engineering, so that she can combat the electrical issues faced by the impovershed community she lives in.

With the help of donors like you, Afrika Tikkun will continue to educate and empower young people like Rorisang. Together, we can enable them to access the resources they need to effectively break the cycle of poverty and become productive citizens. 

Thank you for your investment!

May 23, 2018

A Rising Female Leader

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. .    

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 investing in our ‘Future Female Leaders’!

Apr 26, 2018

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Over 58% of South African children from birth to 6 years old come from families that cannot afford quality Early Childhood Education.  This means many young children will start primary schooling without critical foundations linked to their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Without a good foundation children are more likely to struggle with schooling because they are not able to cope with the pressure associated with learning.  Moreover, this results in high numbers of school dropouts in the long run, which in turn leads to a high rate of unemployment, crime, prostitution and substance abuse in adulthood.

Early Childhood Development is the first and most critical stage in our Cradle to Career 360 model. During this stage a solid educational foundation is laid in the lives of young children. 

One Sphamandla is 6 years old who lost his mother at the age of 3. He was left in the care of his grandmother Norma. Norma is Sphamandla’s legal guardian and takes care of all his needs along with 12 other family members who are mostly orphans. The family survives on social grant money. Norma depends on her daughter Nomvula for help with taking care of the family. Nomvula is a cancer survivor and the breadwinner in her own household of 4 children but helps her mother whenever she can. Due to the family’s background, Norma could not afford to put Sphamandla in any day care services.

When the family was introduced to Afrika Tikkun and its services the family was excited because it meant that Sphamandla could attend an Early Childhood Development Program for free of charge. He joined our  Arekopaneng Center when he was only 4 Years old. Additionally, his family began receiving assistance by way of food parcels and household donations.

At first, Sphamandla was anti-social and he found it hard to talk to people and make any friends. The program helped him develop social, motor and cognitive skills which resulted in him making new friends and doing well academically once he started school. Even though he has had a rough start to life, Sphamandla is now a happy little boy and dreams about travelling the world. His family is grateful for the assistance and the fact that Sphamandla’s is showing improvement in every aspect of his life.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for supporting our mission and for investing in our kids. With your ongoing support, we will help1,040 children in 2018, who are enrolled across all our 5 centers situated in the most impovershed communities of South Africa. 

Thank you!

 
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