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!
Sikhula Sonke ECD and partners VPUU (Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading), Monwabisi Park Football Association, Love Life, Mosaic, Monwabisi ECD forum, City of Cape Town and Nal’ibali together hosted a free event for residents of Khayelitsha on Saturday 24 September, Heritage Day.
The festivities kicked off at 9 am at the Monwabisi Park Container Facility in C-Section. Events included Football & Netball Tournaments, Traditional Dances, Children’s indigenous games, Reading & Storytelling activities and Community Dialogues around life and health issues.
Story telling - thanks to Nal'ibali facilitators - at the Toy Bus was followed by eating time and party packs.
Open dialogues took place with parents, community leaders and teenagers talking about what perpetrates gender based violence.
We had a wonderful day together celebrating the richness of our cultures and diversity of the people who live in Khayelitsha. Thank you to all our partners and staff who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this a memorable and fun-filled day.
Sikhula Sonke, in partnership with Joint Aid Management (JAM) and German volunteers, embarked on another ECD facility makeover. Bukwayo Educare now has a new fence, a fully-equipped kitchen, proper sanitation and toilets, fully equipped classrooms, jungle gyms, slides, shade with artificial grass and more.
Joint Aid Management funded the makeover which entailed dismantling the old structure, building a new structure, installing equipment for the classrooms and kitchen, setting up a new playground and building new bathrooms.
The Sikhula Sonke team of Buyiswa, Ntosh, Bukie, Mpho, Nomathemba and Lindiswa prepared breakfast and hot meals every day for the volunteers who invested their skills (and their hearts) in this project.
Finally, the handover! The Harare Square Spar kindly baked a cake for the occasion and all the stakeholders and volunteers met for a wonderful and emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Thank you to the Sikhula Sonke team for being so instrumental in dismantling the old structure, participating in erecting the new structure as well as cooking nice meals for the volunteers who were constructing this center.
A special thank you to Joint Aid Management nutritional program for financing the project. It is a privilege to work with JAM: together in partnership we can do much much more.
On July 18 some of our Sikhula Sonke teams gave up their time to help us refresh two ECD centres. Together with Joint Aid Management and Spur Foundation, the day was spent giving the Khomanani and Jolly Pop EduCare Centres a nice bright face lift.
Thank you to the individuals who gave their time and to our partners for brightening the lives of the children who attend these EduCentres!
One of the educators from Heads Up joined us yesterday, talking about head injuries. Head injuries are sadly quite common in children in Khayelitsha. We partner with leading organisations like Heads Up to inform and educate families and caregivers about head injuries. We also emphasize the importance of prevention, and for those who have suffered a head injury, our workshops teach how to care for and help those who are recovering.
Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development staff went against all odds to build a better home for a family of six. The family participates in our Family and Community Motivator program (FCM) and have lived in a deteriorating see-through one-roomed shack for years. Despite their challenging living conditions, they are active and positive contributors to FCM.
Sikhula Sonke received a donation of building materials from Upset (group of filming companies) and the Sikhula Sonke team took some time on Mandela Day to build a new home from scratch. To finish off the house, we gave it a nice coat of paint (donated by our partner Joint Aid Management, also known as JAM).
Hats off to the amazing work by Sikhula Sonke Team, Ricky, Cheryldene and Thabile from JAM! And heartfelt thanks to Upset for tranforming a shack into a home that is warm, dry and beautiful.
CAN YOU HELP? Is it time to upgrade your double bed? Please consider donating your old one to this family! They are also in need of a single bed for their young 2 children.
A HOME MAKE OVER IN JUST ONE DAY