Background and history

The Light from Africa Foundation is the realisation of a dream that was born in 2004, when husband and wife team, Anthony Record MBE and Carole Turner-Record, passionately realised the need to bring about positive change to the devastating plight of vulnerable children in South Africa.

Their dream was to create a foundation that would generate sustainable opportunities to empower young artists, as well as support charities and community-led initiatives striving to make a difference in the lives of young people at risk.

Their vision led them to visit the Fikelela Children’s Home, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in the Khayelitsha Township on the outskirts of Cape Town.  They were convinced that this was an establishment they must support and the Light from Africa Foundation began its work.

Beginning with a few artists and a vision to support Fikelela Children’s Home in 2004, the foundation has since grown to provide a creative outlet in support of hundreds of children who have had adverse childhood experiences. The foundation now delivers dynamic, creative, and interactive programmes that facilitate the integration of life skills, self-love, and self-esteem in the lives of all participants. All programs are set up to touch lives, to make a difference and to instill hope.

The foundation also realises the need to offer interactive programs to the caregivers and care workers working with children across Cape Town,  often in difficult and traumatic circumstances. These programs are designed to touch the hearts of caregivers by validating their precious work in an environment where they can talk openly about the unique challenges facing them.

We offer these opportunities in collaboration with a number of specialised independent service providers, selected for their passionate desire to bring change into the lives of deprived young people. We currently collaborate with a wide variety of facilitators, including counsellors, potters, dance instructors, artists, and sewing facilitators.

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 is the author of the book ‘Adoption Stories’. She first visited South Africa after marrying Anthony in 2001. She felt an immediate pull towards the desperate plight of children orphaned and abandoned as a result of the HIV/Aids epidemic. The foundation continues to grow from strength to strength under Anthony and Carole’s love and guidance.