One of the great joys of our work is seeing ECDs thrive and being resourced and equipped. Barney Educare Centre is reaching through the sky with big smiles thanks to some of our generous funders and partners!
One of our favourite places to go is Green Point Urban Park which is located just below Signal Hill and Lion's Head. With acres of grass to play on and one of the most FUN play areas in the city, our kids romped with the best! Cape Town gave us lovely weather too.
Sikhula Sonke, together with Gcogco Designs and Hiring Studio, a young local entrepreneur, hosted a fundraiser in a form of a fashion show, beauty contest and other entertainment activities including singing and dancing. The public hall in front of our offices was packed to capacity.
A special thank you goes to ECD practitioners from different ECD sites who entered in different categories and made the event a success. Thank you to the principals of the ECDs who also brought their choir to the occasion and sang beautifully. SISO staff never ceases to amaze, thank you. A special thank you to Noluvuyo Makeleni who initiated the idea and organized it from the beginning to the end and thank you to those who assisted her. A special thank you also to Gcogco who gave us her designer outfits free of charge to be showcased at the event. Maz’enethole.
On Women's Day we were so excited to be part of the launch of iNceduluntu Educare, in partnership with Blue Door Early Childhood Education. We wish this new Educare all the best!
Sikhula Sonke continues to advocate for young children and economically-challenged families in Khayelitsha. On Monday Community Chest of the Western Cape, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, delivered baby products to inspire our caregivers and young children in our First 1000 Days FCM program. We are overjoyed to receive baby shampoo, kids handwash lotion, baby bath soaps and boxes of baby wipes. We greatly appreciate partners who are always willing to extend an arm to assist - thank you Johnson & Johnson and Community Chest of the Western Cape!
The SAPS-Harare Cluster did not waste any time in joining the public ECD event in Harare Square in front of our offices to celebrate Mandela Day.
We set up imaginary/fantasy play, face-painting and other activities that were prepared for children in celebration of Dr Nelson Mandela's Centenary Celebrations. Radio Khaltsha conducted interviews in all the different sites Sikhula Sonke set up activities, including Khayelitsha District Hospital, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and Azania square, where a new playgroup site has been erected by Sikhula Sonke Fieldworkers and associates. Thembi did an early morning workshop with pregnant mothers at Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital.
What is Mandela Day without gifts? Children were showered with gifts, party packs and beanies. Thank you to all who made this day a success. Thanks to our funders for making this event a success and reaching out to children who don't have resources to otherwise access basic early learning and development.
Many thanks to PEP Stores, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and JAM South Africa for helping make this day special for our children.
We are inspired by these words:
"You can choose to look the other way, to hope that victims will come right without lending a helping hand, without your sacrifice. You can choose to be an armchair critic who sees everything wrong with the efforts of those trying to help; a critic who finds others falling short, yet doesn't get involved themselves.
I choose to get my hands dirty, and to help in any way possible to lift the heavy burden of poverty and inequality from the shoulders of the poor and vulnerable."
Thank you Sello Hatang (CE, Nelson Mandela Foundation). We agree and this is what Sikhula Sonke does.
We talked about the importance of Child Protection this week all over Khayelitsha.
Our teams were joined by Metro Police, City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Team and The Carel Du Toit Centre who conducted hearing and sight screening for us. It was a jam-packed week that started with World Play Day and a lot of rain! Our team quickly moved to a local church and over 500 children from different community preschools joined us for demonstrations by the police dogs, fire safety training, skits and plays and some singing and games. Each child and caregiver received lunch and snacks. Many children also were given hearing screening and visual testing to check eyes and ears - picking up problems early can help tremendously with schooling.
The week continued with community dialagues throughout Khayelitsha, and some radio programmes with Radio Khaltsha.
Thank you to all our sponsors, partner organisations and teams who worked so very hard to make this an impactful week!
Sikhula Sonke, in conjunction with it's partners, is hosting World Play Day on Monday 28 May as the start to a full week of activities promoting the importance of Child Protection.
Check out our Facebook page for all the latest information.
If you are in the Cape Town area, you can tune to Radio Khaltsha every Wednesday from 10h00-12h00 and listen to Winkie Cebisa and Papama Mateza talking about different early childhood development topics to educate and empower our Khayelitsha community.
Topics so far have included the importance of early learning and stimulation, parenting, child neglect, 1st 1000 days, child protection in general and more.
A big shout out to Radio Khaltsha for giving us this this opportunity to reach more people, and to our great Sikhula Sonke representatives for stepping out of their comfort zones and doing something new!