BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

The Light from Africa Foundation was founded by philanthropists Anthony and Carole Record in 2004. With the initial vision to help orphans and to generate work opportunities for talented ceramicists, an invaluable investment has been made in the lives of young people in and around Cape Town. Carole and Anthony received the Inyathelo Philanthropy to South Africa Award in 2010 https://lightfromafrica.com

  • The foundation has since grown to provide creative outlets in support of hundreds of children who have had adverse childhood experiences.
  • Currently, the foundation delivers a wide range of dynamic, creative, and interactive programmes that facilitate the integration of life skills, self-love, and self-esteem in the lives of all participants.

Anthony Record MBE was born and raised in Cape Town. After completing his education at Diocesan College (Bishops) a private boys’ school, he moved to the United Kingdom. Carole Turner-Record was born in the USA and is the author of the book ‘Adoption Journeys: Parents tell their stories. The foundation continues to grow from strength to strength under Anthony and Carole’s love and guidance.

WHY

  • The need for programs aimed at social upliftment in South Africa can be overwhelming. The Light from Africa Foundation focuses on the target group of young people at risk between the ages of 10 and 18.
  • We believe that ‘soft skills’ can be taught to strengthen the resilience of young people coming from challenging backgrounds.
  • Resilient young people are more able to learn and grow in embracing self-awareness and positive values, discovering their own strengths.
  • Investing in opportunities where teens will become healthier and more stable individuals, enable them to play an active part in creating improved stability within their families and communities.
  • Affirmation plant the seeds for young people to dare to dream.

“THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING.”

WHAT WE DO

School and youth organisation programs

  • Creative engagement is achieved through art, (using clay and other materials) sewing, dance and music. The importance of the discovering and awakening of self-love and self-esteem are often neglected, and the programs focus on indirect learning and the integration of ‘soft skills’.

  • Participants are guided on their road to self-discovery, to reflect upon and explore troubling thoughts and feelings.

  • The focus is always on encouraging children to find their own inner strength and coping strategies, to enable them to grow as individuals.

  • Anticipated outcomes are: improved concentration in school; building self-worth; introducing positive value systems; strengthening participant’s resolve to resist negative peer pressure and deal better with harmful situations. Any positive outcome has a direct influence on preventing school dropout, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and involvement in the prevalent and destructive gang culture.

 

Programs to caregivers of children’s homes and institutions:

  • The foundation had to acknowledge the immense need to offer interactive programs to the caregivers and care workers working with vulnerable children across Cape Town. The continued difficult and traumatic circumstances deplete emotional resilience. Our programs are designed to uplift, encourage and validate. The focus of these workshops is to help care givers to identify and overcome empathy fatigue and burn out; to make them aware of the need of self-care and self-love; to listen to and acknowledge their challenges.
  • We provide a platform in a nourishing and safe environment where they can talk openly about the unique challenges facing them.

Programs to uplift communities:

 

The food shortages during covid resulted in the Foundation starting Community Food Gardens to help alleviate hunger.

 

 

Commitment to regular assessment and evaluation:

The number of young people in SA exposed to violence, crime, abuse and total neglect is the highest in years and this results in apathy and disillusionment.

 

We are committed to the importance of regular measuring and improving the effectiveness of all programs. Reporting to the Board as well as Funders is a priority

 

Assessment tools are used to evaluate emotional development, artistic development, social skills and interaction skills in all our participants.