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!
Sikhula Sonke's "Funda Udlale Toy Library" programme hosted a library week last week. The library facilitators decided to reach out to pre-schools who don’t have the means to come to our library sessions and/or are remote from the library.
The team arranged different developmentally appropriate games and activities like eye and hand co-ordination games with a lot of balancing and also physical development games to get children moving.
The week was all about play and games! To finish off, on Friday we invited and collected some of the ECD centres for a special day. Our indoor games included balancing games, face painting and board games, as well as some physical games which strengthen larger muscles. Our favourite outdoor "game" was bouncing on the jumping castles!
Our team interacted with 19 children on Monday, 41 on Tuesday, 40 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday and an amazing 117 children joined us for Friday's finale.
Thanks to all who participated and to the ECDs for inviting us into your spaces!
In promoting literacy and introduction of books to young children, one of our partners, Mikhulu Trust is training our key facilitators to conduct book sharing in our children's circles. Thanks to Vuyokazi who facilitates this workshop brilliantly. This training started on Wednesday till Friday 9th. Book sharing is a very interesting concept that we intend to take it into our parenting/ caregiver training programmes.
A special thank you and loads of appreciation to Camilla of Little Libraries for donating books for our satellite toy library in Enkanini Community - the children are really enjoying the books. This toy library operates on the premises of Happy Child Foundation.
We appreciate every partner that comes on board to make a difference in the lives of young children of Khayelitsha!
After a desk makeover on the inside, our team enjoyed giving the outside of our offices a fresh look too!
Our Emthonjeni informal learning programme facilitated 2253 individual child, parent & caregiver interactions hosted in public spaces around Khayelitsha. Now that's a lot of love and care, right there!
Sikhula Sonke ECD held our annual planning time at the end of last week. The whole team got away for 3 nights to a campsite with beautiful views over Somerset West.
It was a great opportunity to reconnect, sum up 2017, focus on 2018 and reconnect, sharing team and individual highs, lows and learnings from the past year.
Our communications person came out on Saturday to share on the importance of communicating with our donors and sponsors and friends, and how our stories give an insight into life in Khayelitsha: the challenges and the special moments we get to be part of.
Thanks to all who gave their time and energy over 4 very full days! Viva 2018!
Sikhula Sonke's Imbiza family and community motivator programme reached out to 183 families, with a total of 3571 personal interactions with caregivers, children and parents in 2017. Thank you to all our sponsors and funders and teams!