There were tears of gratitude and disbelief in Mfuleni today as Nolinda Fesi received the keys to her brand new home funded by Sister Act Events and built with Afrika Tikkun.
Fesi is the mother of 3 children: Likhona, Ange and Lindokuhle Fesi. The family of four live together in Mfuleni and are part of Afrika Tikkun’s Family Support Services programme. Nolinda is a single, unemployed mother. Her two older children attend Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) pre-school where they are well taken care of during the day, but without a home of their own, were forced to share a tiny room on a friend’s shack.
Afrika Tikkun intervened on the family’s behalf, arranging with the Mfuleni Committee to grant the Fesi family a space of their own for a shack.
“Today my dream came true. I am so grateful for this gift and that I now have a home for my children!” Fesi said.
The Mfuleni shack build was just one of the activities Afrika Tikkun organised for Mandela Day.
“Human dignity is something which Madiba prized greatly. Shelter is a basic human need, essential for dignity which is why we focused on this this year,” explains Onyi Nwaneri, Head of Development, Marketing and Communications for Afrika Tikkun.
In both Delft and Uthando 67 household essentials were gifted to 67 families in need, while across Orange Farm, Alexandra and Diepsloot, 30 more families received new homes. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty by caring for vulnerable children in townships through their cradle-to-career approach. Using a holistic development model, Afrika Tikkun runs programmes that address the various needs of township children with the end goal being their successful placement in careers or tertiary learning facilities.