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Afrika Tikkun USA Inc. is headquartered in Wynnewood, PA, has an EIN of 13-4095132, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization, with a ruling year of 2001.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

South Africa's multitudes of disadvantaged children face unique challenges that are no fault of their own. For many, lack of access to basics such as having parents, food, shelter and healthcare means that daily life revolves around simple survival, frequently leading away from education and social promise into despair driven crime. Afrika Tikkun's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, providing these children with hope, capability and promise. Our goal is to provide disadvantaged youth with access to education, life-skills and confidence to enable them to become the self-sustaining, productive future of the country. We aim to mobilize the local communities and empower them with the skills and resources they need to live a self-sustainable life. This was the shared goal of Nelson Mandela, our founding Patron, whose legacy we strive to live by and to instill in all those we touch.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategy to achieve sustainable development of our beneficiaries is our 360-degree approach towards development. Our Cradle to Career model reflects our commitment to supporting children from infancy into adulthood and employment to ensure that they become the next generation of productive South African citizens. Our Cradle to Career Model is supplemented by comprehensive and coordinated programs/services that erode or eliminate other barriers to success. These supplemental programs/services include- Nutrition and Food Security Programs, Healthcare Programs, Family Support Services, and Psychological/Psychosocial Services. The model works through cross referrals between integrated programs to ensure the holistic development of young people. The Cradle to Career Development Model is an effective solution and strategy for: • South Africa's high number of orphaned and vulnerable young people • Poor schooling and academic outcomes • Social shocks of poverty (drugs, crime, gangsterism, gender-based violence) • Generational unemployment • Poor productivity of the employed

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

As a values-based organization, Afrika Tikkun focuses on community-driven delivery and strategic partnerships with like-valued partners to maximize resources and efficiency. Over the years we have developed strategic partnerships across sectors to increase the impact of our work which has also allowed us to achieve our goals. Afrika Tikkun's operational entities leverage South Africa's Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, which are designed to distribute wealth across as broad a spectrum of previously disadvantaged South African society as possible. Furthermore, the three pillars of the organization—Afrika Tikkun (NGO), Afrika Tikkun Services (social enterprise) and Afrika Tikkun Investment Trust (equity and ownership)—have enabled it to transform from a great cause to an innovative business partner for private sector entities, by providing them brand-building opportunities in townships, employee engagement, tax reduction, and regulatory compliance support to enable them to leverage the BBBEE Codes of Good Practice. Our three pillars, makes us more than just a charitable organization but a business partner and a central hub for different corporate transformation agendas. Additionally, we have deep roots and local presence in the communities we serve. 85% of our staff members are local people recruited from the five township communities we serve. This peer-to-peer relationship between staff and program beneficiaries allows meaningful collaboration and honest feedback to help us continually improve programs to better serve needs of the local community. These deep community roots creates greater understanding of the many related challenges faced by those we serve and help us better respond to these needs through comprehensive and coordinated programs

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Afrika Tikkun has robust monitoring and evaluation mechanism that evaluates the effectiveness of our programs. Our key indicators to measure progress include: 1-Number of beneficiaries graduating from our core programs (Early Childhood Development Program, Child and Youth Skills Development Program, Youth Skills Development and Placement Program). 2- Number of beneficiaries who are able to access higher education and employment opportunities after graduating from our programs. 3- Number of beneficiaries accessing family support services, health services and nutritious food. 4- Number of people trained, mobilized and empowered through our Empowerment Program (program for children with disabilities and also addressing issues around gender-based violence) to become social advocates and take civic action against various human rights issues in their communities. Our monitoring tools measure the progress of our beneficiary at every stage of their development. For example, our Youth Skills Development and Placement Program, conduct individual pre-program & post-program employability assessment of all beneficiaries and monitor their participation during their enrollment in our programs. We also track and monitor post-program employment placements. The evaluations based on individual participant success and statistics of the overall success of participants inform rate of programmatic success evaluations on an ongoing basis.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

For the past 22 years Afrika Tikkun has successfully implemented comprehensive youth development programs to support disadvantaged young people in realizing their potential. To date, our programs have impacted and served 150,000 direct beneficiaries in the South African townships.

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