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.

  • Afrika Tikkun Student Athlete Profiles

     Phumza Sikunyana Phumza Sikunyana is 17 years old and currently is in grade 10 at Black Heath High School. She lives in Mfuleni, in the Western Cape, with both her parents and her younger brother. Both aof Phumza’s parents are currently employed. Phumza has a great passion for sports, she is the vice-captain of the senior netball team and competes both at school and at Afrika Tikkun’s Mfuleni Centre of Excellence. Phumza says that the reasons she loves athletics are “the communication skills that are needed, the interaction with other Read More

  • An Urban Oasis – Duke University Students

    When I think of South Africa, I picture Nelson Mandela ushering in justice after 27 years of incarceration. I remember newspaper articles on the kitchen table showing black and white children together in classrooms for the first time. They were about my age. What is difficult to picture is the South Africa of today. How things have changed since apartheid ended? What struggles still remain? These questions loomed in my mind during the 14.5 hour flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Arriving at Afrika Tikkun on our first day, our team Read More

  • Announcing the Partnership of Afrika Tikkun USA and Handcrafted Imports

    A relationship designed to create a better South Africa. April, 7 2015—Afrika Tikkun USA and Handcrafted Imports are excited to announce their collaborative relationship, designed to mutually foster a better South Africa. Effective immediately, the launch of afrikatikkun.handcraftedimports.com will empower patrons to further support Afrika Tikkun’s mission through the purchase of the exquisite South African ceramic artistry from Handcrafted Imports. Liz Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, expresses “we are happy to be able to simultaneously support both the youth and community development work of Afrika Tikkun and also to Read More

  • 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


    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