The Sustainable Future Project

by Afrika Tikkun
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Taki
Taki's Daughter

Taki (not her real name) is 43-years-old and she is HIV positive. She stays in a shack with her 22-year-old son and her 6-year-old daughter. Taki was referred to Afrika Tikkun by a local clinic. When we first visited her, she was in denial of her health condition and could hardly take care of herself and her young daughter. We found out that she was suffering from Tuberculosis and was not taking her medication. Our Primary Health Care Workers began to visit her every day, making sure she took her medicine, and provided her regular counseling to help her regain her health. Taki’s daughter was also enrolled in our Early Childhood Development Program and the family was given monthly food parcels.

Taki’s health improved so much that she began to volunteer in our community garden. She has now fully recovered and has also found work. Recently her daughter graduated from Early Childhood Development Program and we witnessed Taki crying with joy and bursting with pride.

Because of your help and generous contribution, we have continued to serve disadvantaged families in South Africa and have committed to ensure the health and well-being of our beneficiaries. At Afrika Tikkun we believe that education programs for children and youth cannot take place in isolation. Our core programs are augmented by support services, which include Primary Health Care for children, youth and their families. Afrika Tikkun’s Primary Health Care Program is a vital component of our holistic ‘cradle to career’ development model that is committed to combating and caring for clients with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other chronic diseases. Our comprehensive approach enables our beneficiaries to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential by overcoming the socio-economic and health challenges in the disadvantaged communities.

On behalf of our 20,000+ beneficiaries, we thank you for your continued support and hope that together we can change lives of more mothers like Taki!

Meet Tinyiko, a 20-year-old girl, who was born and raised in the Alexandra township of South Africa. Like many girls in townships, Tinyiko was exposed to poverty and other socio-economic issues that created hurdles for her to progress.

In Grade 11 Tinyiko found herself homeless as her family abandoned her on learning about her pregnancy. Tinyiko moved in with her boyfriend and decided to not give up on her education, even after she gave birth to a beautiful girl. Afrika Tikkun’s Child and Youth Development Program made it possible for Tinyiko to continue her education. Tinyiko also had access to Afrika Tikkun’s family support services which enabled her to make tremendous progress.

Here is what Tinyiko has to say about Afrika Tikkun:

"I cannot thank Afrika Tikkun enough for the chance in life they have given me at no cost. They never judged me, they took me as I was, they gave me hope for the future. Today I am a learner in an American University- all thanks to Afrika Tikkun. The support I am getting at Afrika Tikkun has also encouraged my parents to support me and make them realize that I can still have a bright future". 

 Tinyiko is now a management student at the Maharishi University in Iowa and Afrika Tikkun is proud of her achievements.

In South Africa there are many entrenched societal challenges stemming from the inequities of apartheid. In the five low-income/underdeveloped township communities we serve, women are often: (1) poorly educated (2) school dropouts (3) Lack access to decent work (4) Victims of high rate of teenage pregnancy (5) Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (6) Victims of gender based violence and/or rape at higher rate.

Afrika Tikkun, with the help of supporters like you, addresses these challenges by:

  • Creating opportunities for many young women like Tinyiko to access quality education and become economically independent.
  • Empowering women to make informed decisions about their lives and issues affecting them and their children.

We thank you for your contribution and for believing in the work of Afrika Tikkun. With your continued support, we will be able to empower more young girls like Tinyiko with quality education and enable them to secure a sustainable living for themselves and their families.

Sophy joined Afrika Tikkun’s Youth Skills Development Program with the hope to improve her life and develop skills necessary for her to access the job market. Sophy was raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic worker and could hardly support the family. According to Sophy, her mother’s salary was not enough to full fill their basic needs and thus, she had to struggle in accessing quality education.

Regardless of all these difficulties, Sophy’s hard work and determination to learn, enabled her to successfully graduate from our Youth Skills Development and Placement Program. Afrika Tikkun’s Youth Skills Development and Placement Program is augmented by supplementary support services, which include primary health care, nutritional and food security services, psychological/psychosocial services and family support services. This comprehensive approach allows us to address the social barriers that impedes the development of many disadvantaged students like Sophy. Our National Job Database allowed Sophy to access two learnership opportunities, one at The Shawano Area Young Professionals (SAYPRO) and the other at The Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP). Currently she is being considered for employment at Bidvest Bank.

The impact that we have made in the lives of young people like Sophy, couldn’t have been possible without the contribution of donors like you. Your support has enabled Afrika Tikkun to provide quality services in:

  • Education: providing learning support for young people to continue their education and overcome the deficits of public education.
  • Leadership & Life Skills: focusing on competencies such as decision making, communication, problem solving, alternative dispute resolution, Respect, self-awareness, identity and value, and alternatives to the fatalistic.
  • Sports: a team-building environment where children and youth can play and learn through the development of individual- and team-sports skills.
  • Arts and Culture: a safe and nurturing environment which enables children and youth to not only participate and learn different art forms but also express themselves creatively.
  • Computer Skills Program: providing basic computer skills and computer-based learning support to enhance student’s access to information and opportunities.
  • Career Guidance: exposing beneficiaries to various career paths and opportunities, appropriate subject choices for each career and criteria for admission into higher educational institutions.

 On behalf of our 20,000+ beneficiaries, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. Your contribution has allowed Afrika Tikkun to provide holistic cradle to career development programs to the marginalized population of South African townships and has strengthen our efforts against poverty and social inequality.

You can click HERE to access our Annual Report and learn more about our impact.

Thank you for partnering with us to shape the next generation of productive South African citizens!

Raised in the streets of Alexandra Township, 21-year-old Anita registered with Afrika Tikkun to obtain Computer Literacy skills. As soon as she started the training Anita showed great interest in online technologies. Her hard work allowed her to ace every task. She has set an example for her peers and has continued to motivate her classmates. Upon completion of the training, Anita enrolled in our Career Readiness program, through which she was able to access various employability skills and was exposed to the myriad of job opportunities. Upon completion of the program, Anita qualified for a training with one of South Africa’s biggest financial companies – Investec.

Our Youth Skills Development and Placement program is positioned to provide young people like Anita with necessary and relevant skills that will enable them to access the market and contribute to the economy. This program which reaches an average of 800 beneficiaries per annum seeks to support youth 18 – 25 years old by providing them access to skills and training that they need to access employment opportunities. Furthermore, Afrika Tikkun maintains a database of trained beneficiaries and potential employers that opens up opportunities for the youth we serve.  

Some of the skills that our program focuses on include:

  1. Job Readiness/Career and Professional Development skills.
  2. Social and Communications Skills.
  3. Financial Management skills/Financial Literacy.
  4. Entrepreneurial and Business Management Skills.

 Afrika Tikkun has created opportunities and given hope to many young people in South African Townships. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without your support. On behalf of all our beneficiaries, I thank you for your contribution that has allowed us to continue working towards breaking the cycle of poverty for the impoverished youth.

Regardless of our achievements, we believe that there are still many unfortunate young people suffering from various health, social and economic issues, that deprives them of equal access to employment opportunities or have the right set of skills/education to enter the job market. We need your continued support to reach out to the most vulnerable youth of South Africa and equip them with resources and skills that can allow them to secure employment opportunities and advance their careers.

Thank you for partnering with us to shape the next generation of productive South African citizens and Leaders!

 

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Xoliswa
Xoliswa

Xoliswa started in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program at Afrika Tikkun in 2013. She was a very shy and reserved girl, who never said a word and secluded herself from her classmates. Her teacher worked closely with her and provided her with individual learning, which helped Xoliswa slowly open up. A year later, her teacher noticed that she was coming to school unwashed. She took to bathing her herself. Then a volunteer, on her way home, saw Xoliswa eating from the dustbin. In that same week, she came to school presenting bruises on her face and burns on her arms. Xoliswa revealed that she was beaten by her older brother. Her grandmother initially denied any knowledge of what was going on. Upon further investigation, the 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 the 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 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 at the end of 2014, Xoliswa graduated from her kindergarten class.  We receive reports that she has been performing very well at her current school. She and her siblings have started attending the Centre’s Child and Youth Development Program.

What will your investment provide?

  • Quality educational support for grades one through twelve
  • A safe and secure community center where quality developmental programs are delivered
  • Nutritional support through hot and nutritious meals served daily
  • Social services delivered by social workers and family support workers who ensure the psychosocial needs of our families are met
  • Health education and monitoring to help keep our young people healthy
  • Quality teachers and community workers – our staff are continuously developing to fulfil the needs of our children and youth
  • Skills development and job placement that enable our young adults to become productive citizens

Thank you for partnering with us to shape the next generation of productive African citizens!

 

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Afrika Tikkun

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afrikatikkun.org
Project Leader:
Elizabeth Ngonzi
New York, New York United States
$2,361 raised of $6,700 goal
 
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