Oct 11, 2017

Meet 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. 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 investing in our ‘Future Leaders’!

Warm regards,

Mehdeen Sehgal


Aug 7, 2017

Early Intervention for a Better Future!

Many South African children grow up lacking cognitive, physical and overall necessary development prior to schooling. Children aged 4 and below have the highest mortality rates in the South African population and an alarming rate of stunted progress due to exposure to violence and neglect. This has an adverse impact on their development and can often have long lasting and costly consequences for children, families and society.

Tebogo, a 4 years old started attending Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Program at the beginning of 2015. In the beginning, she was shy and disconnected from her peers. She also came to our center with dirty clothes and without having eaten the night before. Based on observations and assessments, Tebogo’s teacher referred her to a social worker, who then, intervened by carrying out a home visit. It was revealed that Tebogo’s situation at home was unfavorable as her mother was unemployed and could not afford to provide for her daughter’s basic needs. Now, apart from Tebogo receiving psycho-social support through her teacher and the social worker, her family also receives food parcels, packed lunch boxes for dinner, clothing and other necessities. Through this process, we are proud to say that Tebogo has displayed a boost in her self-esteem and is able to play with other children confidently.

Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Program recognizes that the development and protection of children at an early stage not only safe guards their own well-being but is also the best guarantee of future peace, security and prosperity for the community at large. Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Program not only provides quality early childhood education to disadvantaged children but also extends social services to children and their families through Afrika Tikkun’s Family Support Services Program; Nutritional and Food Security Program; Primary Health Care Program; and Empowerment Program for Children with Disabilities and Their Families, to ensure holistic development of our young people.

With the help of donors like you, Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Program establishes a strong foundation of a happy, healthy, functional and productive South African citizen. In 2016, 1,170 young people benefitted from our Early Childhood Development Program, out of which 300 students graduated from kindergarten and were prepared to go to school. You have enabled us to provide comprehensive social services to young kids like Tebogo, ensuring not only a better future for them but also for their families and communities.

On behalf of Tebogo and her peers, we thank you for your continued support!

Warm Regards,

Mehdeen Sehgal  

Jul 13, 2017

Creating Opportunities for our Future Leaders!

Hazel started her journey with Afrika Tikkun 7 years ago in Afrika Tikkun’s Young Urban Women Program – a program dedicated to mobilizing and empowering young girls to take action against gender-based violence and violation of women’s rights.  For Hazel, growing up in a township community and surrounded by poverty was not easy. Despite all the challenges she faces in her community, Hazel has continued to work hard and grow. She believes that Afrika Tikkun provides her with a safe learning environment, enabling her to pursue her dreams and also giving her an opportunity to educate her peers to become agents of positive change in their community.

Hazel, at 17 years of age, wants to become a leader in the media industry and says that Oprah Winfrey is her inspiration. Just like her role model Oprah Winfrey, Hazel wants to use the media platform to help young people realize their potential and become the best version of themselves.

Click HERE to watch a video of Hazel sharing her future plans.

Click HERE to connect with Hazel on LinkedIn and follow her story as she becomes the next Oprah Winfrey.

Afrika Tikkun is extremely proud of Hazel and her accomplishments. Afrika Tikkun’s holistic and comprehensive Cradle-to-Career Development Model works to create opportunities for young people like Hazel, so that they can break the cycle of poverty and pursue their dreams of becoming future leaders. Recently, Hazel got the opportunity to travel with three other students to the US to participate in 2017 Safelite Challenge. During her visit, she and her fellow ‘future leaders’ were exposed to various environments, be that educational, business, media or tourism orientated. Some of the highlights from their visit included learning about the changing landscape of the media from Condé Nast and learning about equity trading from UBS. Additionally, Afrika Tikkun USA, Advisory Board member, Jon Gosier, introduced our ‘future leaders’ to the leaders in the tech industry during the Phily Tech Week 2017. This provided our students with an opportunity to learn about innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital and new media.   

Hazel also had the opportunity to meet and learn from Steve Collis, CEO of AmerisourceBergen, during 'Today's Youth: Tommorrow's Leaders' event hosted by Steve Collis and his wife, Toni Collis. We are very grateful for having the opportunity to connect Hazel with great role model and leader like Steve Collis and would like to thank Steve and Toni Collis, for supporting the dreams of Hazel and many more young people like her.

Please click HERE to learn more about the event.

On behalf of our 20,000 beneficiaries, we thank you for your generous contribution. We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to help more young people like Hazel to realize their dreams and become future leaders.

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