May 10, 2017

Meet Surprise, the Future Administrator of NASA!

At Afrika Tikkun, we help kids from disadvantaged communities to realize their dreams and become leaders of tomorrow. Our unique Cradle-to-Career Development Model enables our 550+ employees 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.

One of our ‘future leaders’ is Surprise, who at age 13 wants to be a leader in the aerospace industry just like his hero, Charles F. Bolden, former Administrator of NASA. He recently gave notice to Charles F. Bolden on LinkedIn that he is on his way to becoming the next Administrator of NASA. Please click HERE to watch his video.

Before joining Afrika Tikkun, Surprise struggled with his grades. Now, Surprise is enrolled in our Uthando center in South Africa and believes that the facilitators are helping him excel in his schoolwork. If you would like to connect with Surprise and follow his journey of becoming the next Administrator of NASA, please click HERE.

If you would like to meet our other future leaders and would like to learn about how Afrika Tikkun is helping them achieve their goals, please click HERE.

Thank you for your generous contribution to Afrika Tikkun. Your support has enabled Afrika Tikkun to educate and empower the most vulnerable communities in South Africa and has helped our kids to pursue their professional and academic goals.

We hope that you will continue your journey with us to help disadvantaged youth in South Africa,  become leaders of tomorrow!

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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