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.
Every year we host graduations in November. These little people have learnt and grown so much in the past 11 months... we wish them well as they start at primary school and continue learning for life.
One of the great joys of our work is seeing ECDs thrive and being resourced and equipped. Barney Educare Centre is reaching through the sky with big smiles thanks to some of our generous funders and partners!
One of our favourite places to go is Green Point Urban Park which is located just below Signal Hill and Lion's Head. With acres of grass to play on and one of the most FUN play areas in the city, our kids romped with the best! Cape Town gave us lovely weather too.
Sikhula Sonke, together with Gcogco Designs and Hiring Studio, a young local entrepreneur, hosted a fundraiser in a form of a fashion show, beauty contest and other entertainment activities including singing and dancing. The public hall in front of our offices was packed to capacity.
A special thank you goes to ECD practitioners from different ECD sites who entered in different categories and made the event a success. Thank you to the principals of the ECDs who also brought their choir to the occasion and sang beautifully. SISO staff never ceases to amaze, thank you. A special thank you to Noluvuyo Makeleni who initiated the idea and organized it from the beginning to the end and thank you to those who assisted her. A special thank you also to Gcogco who gave us her designer outfits free of charge to be showcased at the event. Maz’enethole.
On Women's Day we were so excited to be part of the launch of iNceduluntu Educare, in partnership with Blue Door Early Childhood Education. We wish this new Educare all the best!
Sikhula Sonke continues to advocate for young children and economically-challenged families in Khayelitsha. On Monday Community Chest of the Western Cape, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, delivered baby products to inspire our caregivers and young children in our First 1000 Days FCM program. We are overjoyed to receive baby shampoo, kids handwash lotion, baby bath soaps and boxes of baby wipes. We greatly appreciate partners who are always willing to extend an arm to assist - thank you Johnson & Johnson and Community Chest of the Western Cape!
The SAPS-Harare Cluster did not waste any time in joining the public ECD event in Harare Square in front of our offices to celebrate Mandela Day.
We set up imaginary/fantasy play, face-painting and other activities that were prepared for children in celebration of Dr Nelson Mandela's Centenary Celebrations. Radio Khaltsha conducted interviews in all the different sites Sikhula Sonke set up activities, including Khayelitsha District Hospital, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and Azania square, where a new playgroup site has been erected by Sikhula Sonke Fieldworkers and associates. Thembi did an early morning workshop with pregnant mothers at Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital.
What is Mandela Day without gifts? Children were showered with gifts, party packs and beanies. Thank you to all who made this day a success. Thanks to our funders for making this event a success and reaching out to children who don't have resources to otherwise access basic early learning and development.
Many thanks to PEP Stores, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and JAM South Africa for helping make this day special for our children.
We are inspired by these words:
"You can choose to look the other way, to hope that victims will come right without lending a helping hand, without your sacrifice. You can choose to be an armchair critic who sees everything wrong with the efforts of those trying to help; a critic who finds others falling short, yet doesn't get involved themselves.
I choose to get my hands dirty, and to help in any way possible to lift the heavy burden of poverty and inequality from the shoulders of the poor and vulnerable."
Thank you Sello Hatang (CE, Nelson Mandela Foundation). We agree and this is what Sikhula Sonke does.