The Nika Foundation

The Nika Foundation was born out of a desire to make a contribution, however small, towards ending poverty in South Africa. The founders grew up in Cape Town and are keenly aware of the pervasive poverty that exists and believe that by connecting with those privileged to have the means and resources required, we can assist in carrying out Nelson Mandela’s “act of justice”.  The Foundation’s initial focus is on learners at Masiphumelele HS outside Cape Town.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.

It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
– Nelson Mandela.

Our mission is to help give children hope and a pathway out of poverty by assisting them in their academic studies and encouraging them to participate in after-school life skills programs including sport, art, and music. To achieve this, we have partnered with the African Scholars Fund (ASF), IkamvaYouth, and MasiSports to support 85 learners at Masiphumelele High School.

ASF has a 50+ year record assisting learners in need of academic support, IkamvaYouth provides tutoring, mentoring and career guidance, and MasiSports offers after school life skills programs. We chose these high integrity organizations because of their proven track record improving the lives of learners and their outstanding leadership and governance.

Our partnerships enable us to integrate our efforts to encourage learners to develop their skills inside and outside the classroom to reach their full potential and lift themselves out of poverty. Working together, we believe that we have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the lives of many learners.

The Nika Foundation focuses our collective resources in a targeted, direct, measured, and transparent manner in an effort to be as impactful as possible.

Learners are provided with funds to purchase school uniforms, stationary, incidentals, and materials needed to support their participation in the after-school life skill and tutoring programs. Ongoing support is contingent on maintenance of good grades and active participation in the after-school programs, both of which are actively monitored by the ASF, IkamvaYouth, MasiSports and the school itself.

Due to this close monitoring, we are able to identify learners that we can support as they pursue further education at University, Technicon, or Vocational training schools.  This includes direct financial aid, assistance in obtaining third party financial aid and continued career counseling.

The Nika Foundation will also consider making contributions towards special projects at the Masiphumelele Primary and High schools.  These projects would include investments in the libraries, art supplies, new sports fields, equipment, coaching, field trips, etc.

We would greatly appreciate your support in this life-changing cause. Making a difference in the life of just one child is impactful, but with your support we know we can change many children’s lives and move a step closer to overcoming poverty one child at a time.

The Nika Foundation has Section 501 (c) (3) status thereby making any contributions tax deductible in the US.