Community dialogues are a way of bringing together parents, caregivers and individuals from local communities into a public forum where they can interact with official representatives from different organisations and stakeholders. At Sikhula Sonke, we facilitate community dialogues between parents/ caregivers and Metro Police, Fire and Rescue, Social Services, ECD leaders and representatives of other organisations invested in the wellbeing of children.
These dialogues are safe spaces to exchange information, raise questions and comment on the health of each community. It's our desire that the thoughts and concerns of each party are heard, and that change is initiated from these sometimes intense, sometimes light but always important gatherings.
Sikhula Sonke ECD would like to thank our partners for their contribution to the Child Protection Awareness campaigns during the child protection week, and their practical involvement in the World Play Day which saw 1068 children playing at the same time in a public space.
Our deepest gratitude goes to City of Cape Departments: Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Fire and Rescue, Metro Police, Road Safety Management, Environmental Health, Community Development-Local Government-Social Development, Come and Play. Thanks also to the Provincial Government- Dept Of Health, Government Communications and Information Systems, South African Police Service, SAPS Transport Services, Traffic Education-Traffic Department, and Micheal Mapongwana Hospital.
Special mention must also be made of our community stakeholders, including Safe Hub - Amandla Football, Khayelitsha ECD Forum, Siyaqhubeka Area Forum, Sinejongo Area Forum, Harare Youth Desk, Carel Du Toit and many more.
Our greatest appreciation to the sponsors of the events, our one and only Harare Hill-Top Spar just opposite our offices, Boxer Superstore in Nonkqubela-Site B and Albany. We thank Home Choice who covered the heads of the little ones with warm green beanies just in time for the icy winter weather. Many of the children live in very cold shack and walk to school and back - the beanies are worn with great pride!
Last but definitely not least, our thanks to all of our funders and donors whose ongoing contributions play such a vital role in making what we do possible.
- Mdebuka Mthwazi, Executive Director