Afrika Tikkun, a multi-award-winning organization, was founded soon after the emergence of Democracy in South Africa. Our visionary founders-- the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and the late philanthropist and businessman, Bertie Lubner-- had a vision of focusing on investing in children, knowing they represented the future of the country. This inspired the-then President Nelson Mandela to volunteer as our Patron-in-Chief-- an honor that he only bestowed on four organizations, during his lifetime.
For the last 23 years, Afrika Tikkun has worked to redress the consequences of institutionalized oppression in South Africa. 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.
Afrika Tikkun USA, a GuideStar Gold Level nonprofit based in New York City, is a North American representative (independent 501(c)3) of the organization. Afrika Tikkun USA's mandate is to build our brand in the US, by creating platforms that enable us to connect individuals, institutions and corporations to our story of 23 years of impact and the business plan for the hope that we are creating for the future.
Afrika Tikkun believes that a comprehensive approach towards development is the most effective way to sustainably break the cycle of poverty for the current and future generations. Therefore, our core programs (Early Childhood Development, Child Youth Development, and Youth Skills development and Placement Programs) are augmented by support services that include: Primary Health Care, Nutritional and Food Security Services, Psychological/Psycho-Social Services, Sports Development Program, Program Against Gender-Based Violence and Family Support Services.
Our comprehensive Cradle to Career Development Model, serves over 20,000 children, families and individuals annually, out of which 65% are marginalized women and 96% of whom are disadvantaged young black people.