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
Khayelitsha medical staff - including Doctors and Sisters - acted swiftly in attending children that have been identified with skin rashes in one of the public Emthonjeni sites this week.
Our fieldworkers noticed the skin rashes during their teaching/interaction time, and informed the relevant parties for referral. Now the matter is under full medical attention - we thank all involved! No more rashes or discomfort!
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