It's simply amazing to see what partnerships and joining resources can accomplish! Thank you to Breadline Africa and HomeChoice for being an integral part of this journey. It is so exciting to see lovely new ECDs being constructed on what was wasteland or unused land before. Two new preschool classrooms have been donated and will be opened on 18 July 2019.
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
World Play Day is celebrated on 28 May each year. This year we are marking this special day by hosting a picnic for Makhaza preschools and preschool-aged children and their caregivers at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park. To book your spot please email us or phone our offices on +27 (21) 224 0807 or +27 (0) 81 258 7359.
This is Khayelitsha's biggest picnic for kids and we'd love to see you there!
There is much excitement amongst the kids of Taiwan-SiteC this week as they for first time have a proper classroom, a shack that has been given by a Community member to Sikhula Sonke. Thank you to this family for opening doors for us!
Nal'ibali facilitated training to 12 Sikhula Sonke fieldworkers, teaching them about the importance of storytelling, how to set up a reading club, and helping them to become even better storytellers!
SISO is celebrating Library Week by visiting Khayelitsha ECD centres that are not exposed to the work of Sikhula Sonke in order to promote and market our Toy Library and stimulate their children to explore new activities offered by Sikhula Sonke. Our library assistants are having lots of fun playing with the children (and their teachers)!
At Sikhula Sonke we believe in the importance of immunising our children against childhood diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. These diseases killed hundreds of children globally in the past. With so many people migrating to the cities, it's important to make sure that we immunise our children so that they don't catch diseases in our communities where illness spreads fast. SISO helps with immunisation campaigns in the areas we work in and reaches out to children who might have working parents unable to get to clinics to do the vaccinations offered by the Department of Health.
The Fatherhood Network program - in partnership with Umbono, Baby Gym and First Dad program - started the year with a baby gym session for young fathers at Umbono Art Media premises. We absolutely love these dads who are willing to learn and become involved in their children's lives from a very early age! This is how we raise great leaders... it all starts with loving and involved parents!