Afrika Tikkun was formed soon after the emergence of democracy in South Africa in 1995. The objective of the organisation was to actively address the consequences of decades of institutionalised oppression.
The founders, the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and philanthropist and businessman, Dr Bertie Lubner, believed the organisation should focus on children as they were the future of the country. The organisation’s credibility won the support of the then President Nelson Mandela as its Patron-in-Chief. Initially, the organisation concentrated on dealing with the day-to-day needs of children.
It soon emerged that in itself, this type of action – necessary as it was – would not achieve a sustainable outcome. With this realisation, Tikkun began its evolution into a developmental organisation.
Renamed MaAfrika Tikkun and later Afrika Tikkun, the approach was refined and reformulated into a Holistic Developmental Model. The Holistic Development Model entails programmes aimed at providing education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships. Its aim is to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.
Afrika Tikkun’s is a sustainable future for children in South African townships.
Afrika Tikkun is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community Centres of Excellence and strategic partnerships.
Main activities and services:
Family Support Services: Home-based early childhood development, social security and grant access, parenting skills, family preservation and special needs. Their model incorporates training in parenting skills as well.
Primary Healthcare: Home-based care utilising local community workers trained in auxiliary nursing services offerings, integrated management of childhood diseases, Anti-retroviral and Tuberculosis adherence, school nursing, hospice and health campaigns most often under contract from the Department of Health.
Early Childhood Development: Basic numeracy and literacy skills training as well as social development through play and creative activities, life skills and hygiene training.
Child and Youth Development Programmes (CYPD): Skills taught to enable children to access knowledge and learn through experiential education in libraries, computer labs, sports, drama and other structured recreational programmes.
Nutrition, Food Security and Support Services: Community kitchens, vegetable gardens, weekend feeding, food parcels, emergency relief and lunch boxes.
- Ever growing number of beneficiaries and inadequate funding, especially after the pulling out of the National Lottery Board.
Impact / Contribution to Society
- Introduction of Skills Development Programme in Orange Farm and an improvement in employment rate of our CYDP Youth;
- Improved pass rate among their Matric beneficiaries;
- Providing employment to people from the local communities they serve; and
- Developing beneficiaries to becoming self-sustainable.
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