Afrika Tikkun – An Organisation That Aims To End Child Poverty. Afrika Tikkun was founded in 1994 by Rabbi Cyril Harris, with the goal of developing and uplifting young people in under-privileged communities in South Africa. It aims to end child poverty and youth unemployment by implementing its Cradle to Career 360 degree model. This approach includes personal, leadership and academic development while also addressing the nutrition, health and social needs of the young person. The organisation implements skills development for out of school youth as well as work readiness programmes designed to lead to work placements.
It is passionate about working with like-minded partners that take the long view to support kids from early childhood until they are productive adults accessing the economy. “Investing in early childhood development ensures the protection and development of the children’s well being and guarantees peace, security and prosperity for the community as a whole.” it said it on the company’s website.
The organisation has reached more than 8000 young people, has supported more than 3000 families and has placed more than 1000 people in the workplace. It has managed to partner with companies such as Alchemy, Indwe, Edcon, Truworths, Absa, KFC, Barloworld, Maersk and Belron to provide this much needed assistance to the disadvantaged people in society. Over the last 25 years the organisation has built four centres of excellence across Gauteng and one in the Western Cape.
The organisation has teams in countries like Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. Each international partner implements unique programmes particular to their country context. Each country works with a range of corporate partners that share a passion to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in South Africa. Some of the initiatives that are driven by Afrika Tikkun’s global offices include the UK’s Big Give Christmas Challenge and the June and Eliot Tatelman Camps which focus on HIV/AIDS.