Tikvha Foundation NPC is a non-profit company which was registered with CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) in 2016. The Foundation was founded by, Nhlalala Tlakula and Ntimela Tlakula who are board of directors.
The rationale of establishing this Foundation is based on the premise that there is high rate of negligence of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. In 2014 a research done by UNICEF estimated that 3.7 million orphans in South Africa and a half of them have lost parents to HIV/AIDS epidemic and there are many more vulnerable children living with sick and bed ridden caregivers.
Almost 150 000 children are believed to be living in child headed households. This state of affairs subsequently motivated the establishment of Tikvha Foundation NPC. Another important reason was the bible scripture – James 1:27 stating: ‘’Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, in this, to visit orphans widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.’’
The main objective of the Foundation is to make certain that the wellbeing of OVC and widows is enhanced and well maintained within Vhembe District. It also aims to ensure that OVC and widows receive quality care and are not isolated in society but live a life free from poverty and other negative socio-economic effects.
MAIN AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF TIKVHA FOUNDATION
To provide quality care to the OVC (ranging from the ages of 3-18 years) and widows in Vhembe District.
To provide parcels that contains day-to-day basic foods, clothing and sanitary towels on a quarterly basis to the beneficiaries of Tikvha Foundation within Vhembe District.
To conduct and render awareness campaigns in the local communities through media and public speaking against the abuse of children, negligence of the less privileged and widows in Vhembe District.
To identify skills development and educational opportunities for the youth and beneficiaries of the Foundation, e.g. learnerships and scholarships through collaboration with government departments, NGOs and the private sector.
To identify employment opportunities for the youth in our communities within Limpopo Province.
In order to successfully implement our programs, it is paramount for Tikvha Foundation to create strong and strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders. So far, the Foundation has forged alliances with other not-for-profit organizations, community based organizations, government, traditional authorities, businesses and community leaders. In forming these partnerships, it significantly assists Tikvha Foundation in achieving its goals.