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Moonyeen, a teacher by profession, was born in Johannesburg, spent her teenage years in Welkom, met and married a Capetonian and has lived here for 50 years. Moonyeen has held various leadership positions in Jewish communal organisations.
With the advent of our Democratic dispensation, she felt that to live in South Africa with dignity meant she had to do something to uplift the lives of the disadvantaged segment of the South African community. Afrika Tikkun afforded her this opportunity in some small measure to do something positive for children and youth living in the townships.
Afrika Tikkun has been in existence for 20 years and now runs six family centres, four in Gauteng and two in the Cape under the vision of providing a sustainable future for children in South African townships and thereby redressing the inequalities of apartheid. The hands on day to day work of this mission is done by a dedicated professional staff. Moonyeen liaises with the staff and is one of the representatives of the Cape on the national Board.
The ‘Cradle to Career’ model of the organisation reflects Afrika Tikkun’s commitment to supporting children from infancy into adulthood and industrious employment to ensure that they become the next generation of well-rounded, productive South African citizens, realising their inherent potential. This is implemented through a combination of programmes that enables the education and development of a child from early childhood education support all the way through schooling to providing skills development for emerging adults tackling the job market.
Afrika Tikkun has emerged as a robust organisation with a significant footprint on child and youth development. In 2013, their services reached over 19,000 direct beneficiaries and 70,000 indirect beneficiaries.
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