In November 2018 Mr Mdebuka Mthwazi. Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke ECD, was awarded the Imagine Award for Education, with an additional award of funding from Survé Philanthropies toward the work of Sikhula Sonke ECD.
The inaugural Imagine Awards recognised individuals, organisations and institutions involved in initiatives aimed at making a social impact in various sectors. The Survé Philanthropies, the private foundation which houses several of the Survé family’s philanthropic initiatives, announced the launch of the Imagine Awards in early November 2018. “People continue to do good work for the greater good in spite of desperate times, and despite cuts in funding from donors. However, they are often not honoured for the work they do. At the Imagine Awards, we will recognise those who work tirelessly to put the needs of others above their own. If we support and celebrate those who diligently work to make a difference, it all adds up,” said the director of Survé Philanthropies, Saarah Survé.
Organisers say the quality of the nominations was very high. Nearly 100 nominations were received from across the country. Of these, 33 individuals and organisations made it to the short list in various categories including arts and culture; disability; technology; human rights; media; education; women; children and poverty alleviation. Twelve special awards were conferred on individuals who have made a contribution to social justice. The recipients of the Imagine Awards will also be assisted with funding towards their respective initiatives.
It was a great honour for Sikhula Sonke ECD to see it's Executive Director publicly recognised for the work he has done for the past 15 years in Khayelitsha's communities.