Our Family and Community Motivator (FCM) programme reaches over 200 families across Khayelitsha. For those that don't know, Khayelitsha is made up of Sections: Site B, Site C, RR Section, Khunqu, Taiwan and others.
Today our teams went out to facilitate workshops that draw in parents from those communities. Our topic was child neglect: what child neglect is, how to recognise it, how to address it and how to prevent it. We spoke about resources that parents can use, good parenting, where to get help.
Thank you to all involved today. And thank you to those who shared their own stories, who contributed and who are our Child Protection Champions. We are so aware that not everyone had an ideal childhood, and that every parent is learning on the job. Keep up the good work and remember, you're not alone in this huge privilege we have of raising our children.
Sikhula Sonke runs a 6-month course on topics like how to teach isiXhosa words to children, how to tell stories using puppets, how to make your own books and puzzles for the classroom and how to tell a story using sequence cards. Here's some action today at our training centre.
We love partnering with Nali'bali to get books into the hands of learners... reading clubs engender a love of stories, reading and literacy.
Remember we built a lovely classroom in K2 section? Here are some photos of the new preschool in action.
A Good Samaritan through Growing Together visited the 1st 1000 Days programme at UT Gardens to bless children and caregivers with gifts which included warm winter fleece blankets for young children. Thanks to Dr Kannen for blessing these families!
Sikhula Sonke is excited to partner with Wynberg Girls High School with regards to their monthly 'sandwich and fruit' drives, an initiative that is led by Wynberg Girls learners.
Once a month the girls bring bread, spreads and fruit to school and, before their day begins, make and pack sandwiches to be delivered to informal and formal ECDs in Khayelitsha.
Our thanks to Principal Dr Wallace and Wynberg Girls High School learners, and in particular the Service Pillar team who jumped in to meet a need and ensure little tummies get a nutritious lunch.
One of the key cornerstones of Child Protection Week is community dialogues. We meet with parents, caregivers, community leaders and welcome anyone who will join us to discuss how "we" (not "you") can create a safe, nurturing environment for our children to grow up.
Topics range from nutrition, health, vaccinations and more to GBV, helplines and more. It takes a village to raise our children, and the village needs to talk to each other in order to work together.
Thank you to the people of Site B, Site C, Khunqu, Mew Way, Monwabisi, Harare, UT Gardens and Enkanini for joining the conversations.
Thank you to our many sponsors and partners, including the following:
Carel du Toit
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town Fire
City of Cape Town SAPS
Khayelitsha ECD centres
Khayelitsha ECD Forum
Michael Mapongwana Clinic
Nanny 'n me
Western Cape Government
Western Cape Health
Wynberg Girls High School
Child Protection Week is commemorated from 29 May to 4 June 2022 and raises awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).
The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services.
Sikhula Sonke ECD calls on all South Africans to support Child Protection Week by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children.
Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.
Do you need help?
The Department of Social Development has a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence:
You can also get help at:
POSITION AVAILABLE: IT INTERN
An exciting opportunity has become available for an IT Intern to join a vibrant and busy NPO working in Khayelitsha. The successful candidate will be expected to work at our offices in Harare Square, Khayelitsha and will be the ‘go to’ person for IT-related queries and support for our staff of 40. The candidate will also be expected to assist local preschools with their own IT needs and help them set up systems and software. Creative, out-of-the-box thinking combined with technical expertise is essential. This is a full time position ideally suited to a new graduate between the ages of 18 and 34.
The ideal candidate should have:
Deadline for applications is 30 May 2022. If you have not heard from us by 15 June 2022, please consider your application unsuccessful.
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