Women's Day is celebrated on August 8 in South Africa. This year we held our Women's Day celebrations two days later, and invited caregivers and teachers to join us at our hall in Harare Square.
First up was a planning session to set up the event details. Mdebuka and Winkie met our communications team member Kerry at CottonOn Body at Blue Route Mall, who kindly gave us a discount on their lovely CottonOn Foundation tote bags. HillTop Spar joined in with donations of sanitaryware and other items to fill the tote bags, and then the team set to with great enthusiasm and creativity to set up the hall, decorate tables and prepare to host 350 ladies.
It was a special day for all involved! Stories of hope, courage, a few tears and lots of laughter. Delicious food, and a tribute to the lovely ladies who are the heart and hands of our communities.
The Sikhula Sonke Crew staged celebrations of Mandela Day in a different style this year, all with the aim of making a tangible difference.
On of our first stops was Khayelitsha Hospital, where the team spent time with 23 children, playing with them, bringing along stimulating toys, games and activities, and praying for the sick children.
Another team headed to Khayelitsha Mall to educate the public about the importance of Early Childhood Development. This campaign reached 95 children and their caregivers.
And our newest Emthonjeni site, UT Gardens, hosted 81 children.
All these children enjoyed playing with a variety of toys. Many also received shoes, beanies, story books and party packs which were prepared and donated by the Sikhula Sonke Team.
Well done Sikhula Sonke Team, may the wonderful Lord richly bless all you did.
To move S.A forward Sikhula Sonke has taken a bold step to resource a beautiful structure that has been erected by Happy Child Foundation for children of Enkanini Community. This toy library resource was launched today with the message of protecting children at all times. Thank you to all the stakeholders involved, parents, children and CBO's!
Anna and Noah, together with the Home Choice Foundation, donated crates of children's books and toys to our Sikhula Sonke Toy Library. The children who visit the library really love their visits, and being able to take part in the handover was extra special. Several of the children opened up their readers straight away and started reading - leaving the "big people" to chat.
Our first Cluster workshop took place at Khunqu yesterday. Elizabeth, our Social Worker, facilitated the topics of "Getting to know yourself" and "Getting to know each other." Both new and old caregivers are so excited about the programme.
The Sikhula Sonke team took some time last week to strategise and revise plans for the year. With programmes already in full swing, it was good to pause, evaluate and ensure that the organisation's schedule and events for the year are consolidated and documented.
A Read-Aloud event hosted by Sikhula Sonke and Nal' ibali saw at least 402 children attending and enjoying storytelling. It is very exciting to see outreach programs, local preschools and community children come together in a variety of locations: the Funda Udlale Toy Library, Main hall Library, mini hall, children's hall, and seminar room.
The title of the main story was "Esona Sandi Siqaqambileyo Ehlabathini" - translated as The Best Sound in the World. Lots of other stories were told and dramatised and complemented the main story.
Our Emthonjeni Outreach programme has won the best out-of-center based programme in the Western Cape, with Funda Udlale as the 1st runner up winner. Congratulations to both Emthonjeni and Library teams! They have been a talk of the town at the provincial awards. We thank God for all of this.
Thembi Nxesi - Programme Manager: Sikhula Sonke ECD
Babalwa Ndim - Award winning Team Leader of Emthonjeni
Lindiswa Ngwendu - First runner up winner Funda Udlale
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