Educate and Empower Children in South Africa

by Afrika Tikkun

Thank you for continuing to believe in the work of Afrika Tikkun and for investing in the children of South Africa. We believe all children should have equal access to education and services that help foster their development into adulthood, allowing them to become productive citizens and break the poverty cycle. It is through your generous support that we are able to change the lives of over 1,000 children who are in disadvantaged positions. We hope you continue to partner with Afrika Tikkun to educate and empower the children of South Africa.


A Child is Saved from Homelessness: The Story of Xoliswa

Xoliswa started the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program at Afrika Tikkun in 2013. She was a shy and reserved girl, who rarely spoke and avoided interactions with her classmates. Xoliswa slowly began to open up as her teacher gave her more individual attention. 

A year later her teacher noticed she was coming to school unwashed and took it upon herself to bathe Xoliswa. A volunteer later witnessed Xoliswa eating from a dustbin on her way home from school. It was in that same week that Xoliswa came to school with bruises on her face and burns on her arm. She revealed that she was getting abused by her older brother and her grandmother initially denied any knowledge of this abuse. Upon further investigation, her grandmother disclosed that Xoliswa’s mother had abandoned her and her two siblings, leaving them without any food. The grandmother could not take the children in as she herself was unemployed and had no source of income.

Afrika Tikkun negotiated with her grandmother to give her monthly food parcels in order for her to take Xoliswa and her siblings in. Through our Family Support Services program, they also received donations of clothes and toiletries. Afrika Tikkun has also helped Xoliswa’s grandmother by providing her with parental skills training, allowing her to pay better attention to the children and teaching her the importance of providing proper care and support.

We are proud to announce that Xoliswa graduated from her Grade R class.  We receive reports that she has been performing very well at her current school. She and her siblings have also started attending the Centre’s Child and Youth Development Program.


Our Early Childhood Development Program works with children aged 2 to 6 to develop in the areas of numeracy, literacy and life skills development. 1,212 children are currently enrolled in Afrika Tikkun's Early Childhood Development programs across our five community centers.

Promise's Story

Imagine being unable to fully express yourself verbally.

This has been the existence of Promise, a 5-year-old boy, who has been struggling with a speech impediment for most of his early childhood. He often found himself playing alone, withdrawing from the crowd – too afraid to engage with his classmates because he feared being mocked.

Following a referral from the Johannesburg Hospital, Promise enrolled in Afrika Tikkun’s Uthando center in Braamfontein. In his first few months at our center, he continued to be prone to erratic behavior due to his inability to articulate himself with his teacher as well as classmates. However, after extensive therapy and individual attention, Promise has made tremendous progress and is able to and enjoys interacting with his classmates.

Promise's teacher attributes his success to "the individual attention he received in our Toy library – where he could develop away from the prying eyes of his classmates. We often underestimate the impact of peer opinion on young children."

Let's Build a More Sustainable Future

Dear Afrika Tikkun Friends and Family,

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to change the lives of over 17,000 beneficiaries living in disadvantaged positions. It is through your support and generosity that Afrika Tikkun is able to continue its mission to invest in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through Afrika Tikkun’s community Centers of Excellence and strategic partnerships.


Equal Start at Life
The harsh reality is that not all children have an equal start at life. Due to circumstances beyond their control, many families are living in poverty and do not have equal access to resources that will help break the vicious poverty cycle. Through Afrika Tikkun’s development programs, children are able to realize and reach their full potential as they grow and develop into adulthood.


Early Childhood Development Centers
Afrika Tikkun is devoted to investing in early childhood development because it improves the lives of the children and it makes the future of South Africa more sustainable. The objectives of our Early Childhood Development Centers are to:

  • To provide children an opportunity to develop in the areas of numeracy and literacy, through play and creative activities
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of children, through access to adequate nutrition and health services
  • To ensure children are given age-appropriate computer skills development


Success Story of Mandala
11 year old Mandla voluntarily joined our after school Child and Youth Development Programme. Our life skills facilitator noticed that Mandla was not happy, came to the programme looking dishevelled and disrupted the programme. Our life skills facilitator discussed the situation with our social worker, prompting a home visit. When visiting Mandla’s house the social worker discovered that Mandla was living with his mother and step father who were both drug addicts. Their situation was horrendous and it became clear that every cent of the household’s money was spent on supporting their drug habit. Mandla witnessed his mother and step father do things an 11-year-old boy should never ever have to witness.

With the help of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of, an Afrika Tikkun social worker, Mandla’s teacher and the life skills facilitator, Mandla was temporarily moved to Mfuleni’s ‘Place of Safety’ for children where he received the care and attention he needed. Afrika Tikkun then found a foster family for Mandla to move in with. Although this was extremely tough for Mandla and he still faces hardships, his life has changed for the better and this is evident in his current behaviour and response to developmental investment. Afrika Tikkun’s support has provided Mandla with the potential to thrive.



Child and Youth Development Christmas Party
Child and Youth Development Christmas Party

Dear Afrika Tikkun Family,

The lives of 1,000 children continues to improve thanks to your support. It is through your support that these children are getting a fair start at life. We are so grateful for your support last year because we were able to continue assisting children in need of an education. We believe that the children of South Africa are the future and that education will empower them to break the vicious poverty cycle.

Poverty Cycle
Sadly, there is a vicious poverty cycle that takes place in South African townships and it severely impacts children. Children that are not provided with adequate education or other resources will have a difficult time overcoming their obstacles and the cycle only continues to worsen. We must invest in our children to eliminate this vicious cycle.

The Right to Education
We believe all children should have the right to a quality education. Unfortunately, our children do not always have a fair start in life because their education is impacted by malnutrition, a lack of access to resources, and poverty at large. Through Afrika Tikkun’s Centers of Excellence, these 1,000 children are getting a fair start and life and have the ability to focus on their education.

First Bonus Day
Don’t forget to mark March 18 on your calendars because it is the first bonus day of 2015. There will be a matching of 30% on individual donations up to $1,000.  Matching will begin in on March 18 at 9:00 am EDT time. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

A Memorable 2015
Let’s make 2015 a memorable for the 1,000 children that are benefiting from our program. Your support empowers are children to develop the skills necessary to become productive citizens in the future. To improve our future, we must invest in our children.


We hope you will continue your partnership with us. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you again for your commitment to empowering 1,000 children through education!

Education is Empowerment
Education is Empowerment
Give the Gift of Education
Give the Gift of Education


Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Dear Afrika Tikkun Family,

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones and we wish you and a new year filled with prosperity and new adventures. Thank so much for your continued support and belief in empowering the children of South Africa. The lives of 1,000 children are improved because of your generous support.

Fair Start at Life
Many children in South Africa do not have their basic needs met and struggle to complete their education due to obstacles such malnutrition and limited access to resources. The harsh reality is that not every child begins life the same way and a vicious cycle takes place where future generations begin life in a disadvantaged position.

How Your Generosity Helps

Our goal is to nurture our children so they can become productive citizens in the future and break the vicious poverty cycle. Through your support, we are able to provide nutritious meals and after school programs that enable children to focus on their education. We believe that every child has the right to an education and we will continue to ensure that our children receive the education and resources they deserve.

The Future

We hope you will continue your partnership with us in 2015. We have extended our partnership with Global Giving which means there will be more great bonus days with matching on all donations. Together we can build a brighter and more sustainable future by investing in the children of South Africa, our future.

We will continue to keep you updated, and in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have and questions or would like to share your thoughts.

Early Childhood Development Center Christmas Party
Early Childhood Development Center Christmas Party
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Africa Tikkun's 8th Annual Sports Day



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Afrika Tikkun

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Elizabeth Ngonzi
New York, New York United States
$15,312 raised of $18,000 goal
172 donations
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