The Story of Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun works toward a future where today’s children and youth are tomorrow’s productive citizens. We do this by adopting a cradle-to-career model which invests in the development of disadvantaged children from early infancy through young adulthood and into the world of work.


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.


Our Hope is to continue to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.

  • Endorsement :”Wishing you all the very best as you continue to change lives”

    I began my relationship with Afrika Tikkun through my role in Community Affairs at UBS.  After only a few meetings and visits to your centres, I knew that Afrika Tikkun was an organisation that I wanted to partner with.  The professional manner and the way you make your projects accessible to your donors makes Afrika Tikkun the obvious choice whenever international clients ask to visit a local charity.  I am always confident that what you show them will impress them and inspire confidence that lives are being changed in a Read More

  • Have you ever had a dream?

    Have you ever had a dream? Have you ever wondered whether you even had the right to that dream? Four high school learners, all living in townships in and around Johannesburg and Cape Town are dreaming big right now. Each one is an athlete. Each one trains hard at their discipline after school and over weekends, because each one dreams of competing in the Safelite Triathlon in Las Vegas, USA, in April. For the average high schooler living in a South African township, dreams of overseas travel are far fetched Read More


    In a heartfelt letter to Afrika Tikkun Staff, mother of Snothando and Snethemba, expressed deep appreciation for the progress her children had made at our ECD centre in Braamfontein.

  • Producing school ready children in SA townships

    By Afrika Tikkun CEO, Marc Lubner Put a group of children together, throw in some toys (or even just random objects) and, especially if they are young enough, they will soon be playing. Play is initially how we learn. It enhances every aspect of a child’s development and learning. It is so important, in fact, that it is recognised by the United Nations as a basic right. While spontaneous play certainly holds value, it is facilitated, intentional play which can make a significant difference in a child’s cognitive development. For Read More

  • Afrika Tikkun gets FW De Klerk Goodwill Award

    The FW de Klerk Foundation is delighted to announce that its Board has decided to present the 5th annual FW de Klerk Goodwill Award to Afrika Tikkun. The Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation established the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award in 2010 to give recognition to individuals and organisations that have made exceptional contributions to the promotion of goodwill between South Africans.  Past winners include Dr Danny Jordaan (2011); Pieter-Dirk Uys (2012); Studietrust (2013) and Patrice Motsepe (2014). The Board decided to make the 2015 Award to Afrika Tikkun in recognition of its wide range of programmes that empower vulnerable Read More

  • The impact of trauma on learning

    Up to one third of all adult learners have experienced trauma of sufficient magnitude to impact on their ability to learn. In South Africa, within our poorly resourced communities, with their high rates of often unreported crime, the real figure would be far higher. Children who have grown up in poor communities heavy with the brutality of suffering bear witness to extremes of violence, substance abuse, sexual offences and abject poverty. The field of psychiatry has, for decades, struggled to neatly categorise and label the endless list of symptoms displayed Read More

  • Here’s to another 20 years!

      Each and every year since the inception of Afrika Tikkun, we have strived to provide vulnerable children and youth in South Africa township with a sustainable future. 2015 marks a new year and another opportunity to recommit to our goal of empowering vulnerable communities to develop a new generations of productive citizens. Thank you to all who have supported us over the last 20 years and we look forward to deepening this partnership for the next 20 years.

  • Tikkun services lauded

    In a email sent to Jean Elphick, National Manager  of Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Programme, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital lauded Tikkun’s services as “Top Class”.