Community dialogues were held at Site B, Harare, Enkanini, Kunqu and Taiwan. In addition, Sikhula Sonke was interviewed by a local radio station and City of Cape Town set up to provide essential services to the community. Our thanks to all those who worked hard to bring the message of Child Protection across, and especially to our partners in this work.
First phase training of FCM, Coaching and Emthonjeni practitioners of Sikhula Sonke was conducted successfully together with other practitioners from Ikamva Labantu and Etafeni Center in Nyanga.
The training was facilitated by Music Therapy Community Clinic on Music Child processes.
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Sikhula Sonke's AGM was held on Thursday 26 September. Evan Torrance gave an overview of what has been accomplished in the last year, and there was much thankfulness as the financial report and the operational reports confirmed how Sikhula Sonke has grown and been effective in the work that we have been called to do in this community.
Some of our lovely ladies added vibrant songs and dance to the meeting, and all present sat with feet tapping and hearts of thankfulness. A special mention of thanks to Mdebuka and Thembi who lead the work at Sikhula Sonke, the board who support them, and our donors in 2012-2013 who, through their generosity, made it possible to do the work that we do, and to grow our team of ECD workers to reach out to more children who otherwise would not have the opportunity of preschool education.
As we are closing the women’s month, all the guys at Sikhula Sonke would like to say: "It was great serving you at office, outreach programs and also in Women’s month events/ celebrations. We would like to acknowledge you. You are the pillar of this country, Wathint’abafazi wathint’imbokodo. We salute you for all your everyday hard work including bearing and raising a healthy nation of South Africans. It’s making us proud to work within this children’s environment and makes us understand how to become caring and responsible fathers."
Families showed joy and appreciation after their cluster workshop when they were given food parcels containing basic foodstuffs for their families. Each parcel had a tin of fish, bottle of cooking oil, 2 kg samp, 2 kg rice, beans, 1 kg mealy-meal, soup and salt. Children were also excited to have dinner after their playgroup and that their parents were getting some foodstuffs to take home.