Project information

Inspiring Young Leaders in South Africa

The Arekopaneng community centre in Orange Farm provides an array of educational and sporting activities that engage and inspire young people after school. The youth development programme encourages young people to recognise their potential and become positive members of their community.

The programme is ongoing as each week vulnerable children are identified who could benefit

Charity information: Afrika Tikkun

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  • Need


    South African young people still live within the realities of the post apartheid shadow. Communities are unsafe, schools are of a poor standard, violence has become a viable option and drugs provide a bridge along which they can escape their immediate troubles. Positive leadership and mentoring are glaringly absent for most young people. Their aspirations are limited because of a lack of opportunities available in their communities and they are given little insight into their innate potential.


    We address the needs of young people by offering an array of after-school programmes that progress the advancement of vulnerable children. We offer young people positive alternatives to the unstable environment they would otherwise be returning home to. The focus is on life skills training that enable young people to become socially aware and to show them ways out of their desperate situations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help young people realise their potential and make healthy and socially accepted life choices


    » Our facilitators give life skills classes in goal setting, conflict resolution, decision making and career development.
    » IT, literacy and homework support is offered by trained youth leaders in our libraries, media centres and equipped classrooms.
    » Fitness and fun is made paramount through sports and recreation programmes like dance, drama, singing, drumming, soccer, netball, karate and boxing.

    Success will be 1,200 young people demonstrating an increase in confidence and hope for the future.

    Aim 2

    To keep children off the street and protect them from the dangers in their communities after school.


    » The programmes begin immediately after school in a safe and secure environment at our community centres keeping kids off the streets for longer.

    Success will be a reported reduction in the children's experience of crime and violence.

    Aim 3

    To contribute to youth leadership in the community


    » Youth Interns are trained to become Level 1 Child & Youth Care workers and mentored as they help lead those younger than themselves

    Success will be training 10 Youth Interns each year and seeing past beneficiaries becoming leaders in their communities.

  • Impact


    The programme will lead to:
    - a decrease in drug use and gang related violence
    - an increase in community strength and social cohesion
    - improved academic performance
    - increased likelihood of obtaining employment

    We measure impact by obtaining regular feedback from the participants, their families and schools to monitor the effect the programme has on discipline, academic achievement and subsequent employment rates. We will also survey community members about changes in their community


    There is the risk that we are not able to recruit enough qualified staff. We have dealt with this risk by developing close links with each community and by employing over 95% of current staff from the communities in which we work.


    Donors to the Youth Development programme will receive updates every year (or more frequently if desired) on ongoing activities and future developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £91,937

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,474 Libraries & Computer Labs Running the library and computer lab providing homework and literacy support and IT
      £7,281 Extra curricular activities Sports(soccer,netball etc) Arts (Dance,drama,art) Life Skills (goal setting,career guidance etc)
      £62,414 Stipends & salaries Expenses and salaries paid to youth workers and staff employed from the local community
      £4,768 Staff training Local community members are trained to deliver our programmes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Funding Secured £26,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Orange Farm, near Johannesburg, is the largest informal settlement in South Africa, with an estimated population of over 1 million people. Families lack access to basic services such as clean drinking water, sewage, electricity and rubbish removal. An estimated 60% of the residents are unemployed. There are high levels of social stress and crime. Drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence, is endemic. The community also experiences serious health problems, HIV/Aids and TB in particular.


    The target group of beneficiaries is vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 6 to 19. They will have been identified as in need of support, stimulation and motivation and referred to the programme by social workers, teachers and community workers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Afrika Tikkun is an award-winning NGO with Nelson Mandela as Chief Patron and has been working in South Africa for over 15 years. We work with partners to provide a holistic range of services which care for children between the ages of 0 to 19. Our Youth Development Programmes benefit nearly 6,000 young people at six community centres in six townships. The experience we’ve gained over 16 years will be used to successfully enhance the programme and increase the number of beneficiaries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cheryl Ayogu

    Cheryl is the Chief Operating Officer for Projects and has extensive experience in Community Development. She oversees the dedicated local staff.

    Rita Mkwanazi

    Rita is the centre manager at Orange Farm. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her community and has excellent leadership skills.

Who we are and what we do in 2 minutes


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It is my belief that Afrika Tikkun represents the best of what civil society can offer in partnership with Government’s considerable efforts.

Nelson Mandela