Alumni October 2018

Dear Alumni

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

Ntsiki – ‘African Child’

To those writing exams this month, we say a special prayer and wish you clarity of mind, strength of heart and determination of purpose. We are so proud of all our alumni members! You are on your way to becoming the best that you can be.

International Day of the Girl Child acknowledges the challenges faced by girls around the world and promotes the empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year, we decided to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child by celebrating the voice of one of our young women – Ntsiki Khunju.

Pookolala and Gogo” is the story of how three generations of women are fighting for their right to life and everything that means. Ntsiki’s spoken word poem African Child was written to tell their story and celebrate the potential of all young people. Ntsiki is an Alumni, an activist and a poet. African Child was released on Soundcloud on International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about girl child poverty in South Africa. Listen Here


Lucky’s Success Story

Lucky started out his life in rural Limpopo. His mother was unemployed and his father had died. Hunger was a daily reality for him and his four siblings; and if it was not for the ingenuity of his mother and the kindness of neighbours, he would not have a story to tell.

Seeking any opportunity for work Lucky came to Alexandra, Johannesburg with his two siblings. One day, at a time when he was “close to giving up”; he heard about Afrika Tikkun and the exciting prospect of travelling overseas to compete in a triathlon upon registration at Afrika Tikkun’s Phuthaditjaba Centre, Alexandra.

When he returned from Germany, Lucky successfully completed his learnership and work experience. He began discovering his passion – training, motivating and inspiring young people. He continued thriving within Afrika Tikkun and was appointed to work in the career and placement arm of Afrika Tikkun. This gave him the opportunity to interface with many other companies.

Watch this video to learn more about the tremendous opportunity Lucky received next and what he is doing today

Alumni Events

Several illuminating and informative Alumni workshops took place recently at Uthando Centre, Arekopaneng Centre, Zolile Malindi Centre and Wings of Life Centre:


At the workshops various interesting, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial topics were broached. Some of the themes discussed and debated included; gender equality and causes of gender-based violence, career guidance and employment opportunities, drug and substance abuse awareness, community development, health matters, and more. All the workshops were well attended and the feedback from attendees was constructive and positive. Were you there? Tell us what you thought about?


Calling Afrika Tikkun Gauteng Based Alumni

Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. Visit www.globalcitizen.org to learn more about the systemic causes of extreme poverty and what actions can be taken to address this global challenge.

As an organisation, Afrika Tikkun aims to empower young people and in so doing address many of the issues that contribute to poverty in the areas where we operate. We are delighted to be a recognised partner of Global Citizen and have been allocated tickets to the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival. You stand the chance of earning one of ten pairs of tickets (one for you and one for your bestie)to attend the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival on 2 December 2018 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Unfortunately, because the concert is in Johannesburg, this means that the incentive programme is only open to Alumni in the four Gauteng based centres.

To Qualify for the draw you need to fulfil AT LEAST THREE of the activities detailed below:

  • 3-hours of community service at Afrika Tikkun or at any recognised local community organisation or church
  • Recruit 5 new alumni into our system
  • Health Screening Tests at Orange Farm and Diepsloot only, or with recommended partners in other areas – GMs to recommend valid partners
  • Support activations during 16 Days of Activism by partnering with your Centres on activities planned
  • Go out into your community to clean up for a minimum of 60 minutes (bring back at least 3 black bags of rubbish)
  • Send an advocacy letter around combating Gender based violence, gender inequality or disability rights to your local press, councillor or MEC and provide evidence of submission

By 5pm on 28 November 2018. Please ensure all relevant information is given to your GM for approval.

A Quick note on the volunteer option

You can help out at Afrika Tikkun or any other recognised organisation or church in your area – we only ask that when you are done, an appointed representative of the organisation signs a form to confirm that you have effectively and productively volunteered three (3) hours. To take advantage of this opportunity to earn these tickets that are very much in demand, talk to your Centre’s Marketing Coordinator.

To take advantage of this opportunity to win these tickets that are very much in demand, talk to your Centre’s Marketing Coordinator.


Have Your Say

Click here to vote for your favourite Alumni programme name from those nominated at the Alumni launch earlier this year. Results will be announced in November

If you have any queries or ideas regarding the Alumni programme please email: Elfrieda Tyrer elfriedat@afrikatikkun.org

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