Bukiwe Genu and Ntombovuyo Bongoza are our two Sikhula Sonke COVID Champions, ensuring that our team is healthy and that everyone adheres to the government guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The first thing these ladies did was organise formal training through City of CT. You may not recognise them with their masks on, but just look for their smiling eyes! We are in good hands!
Nomathemba Peter and Nolubabalo Sijentu volunteered at JAM today to pack 300 bags of food for distribution! Thanks ladies!
It's #GivingTuesday today and we've launched a new campaign on GivenGain to raise funds for vulnerable families in Khayelitsha! Donate now and let's make sure children (and their families) go to bed with full tummies during lockdown!
Donate online here: https://www.givengain.com/…/covid-relief-for-khayelitsha-f…/
South Africa is in lockdown and our offices have officially been closed for over two weeks now. Children who receive a daily meal at preschool and the playgroups have been unable to attend. So, since the children cannot come to us (and Child Support Grants don't cover the food that a single child needs per month since the Grant often has to feed a whole family), our Sikhula Sonke team members have been given permission to go out into the community to distribute food!
Grateful thanks to our partners in food distribution, JAM South Africa, and to organisations like HCI Foundation for partnering with us to get food parcels to vulnerable families. A special mention of a local family who donated R12,000 this week into our food relief efforts in Khayelitsha.
Proud to be part of this village who cares for its people!!
Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development takes the issue of coronavirus seriously and is actively applying necessary precautionary measures towards the prevention of Covid-19.
With more Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa and now in the Western Cape, we have put together educational lesson plans for our playgroups, First 1000 Days programmes and parent cluster workshops which include education and awareness about controlling and preventing the spread of Covid-19. Our team follows the latest scientific research.
It is important that we discern what is myth and what is fact.
Let us NOT panic with the social media barrage of misinformation. We can all play an active part in preventing the spread of this illness.
- Mdebuka Mthwazi, Executive Director
Sikhula Sonke held the annual team planning at Monwabisi Resort earlier this year. With lots of details to go through, new interns on the team and time to connect as teams and individuals, this break away is key for setting goals and refining our outreach for the coming year.
Loadshedding meant that we got to play some games and do team building exercises while waiting for the electricity to come back on. We are very excited to see what 2020 holds!
While our SISO team is out and checking in on children who started Grade R and Grade 1 this year, we are also checking in our the amazing and dedicated early childhood development centres in Khayelitsha and their staff. Each year we run a course that qualifies ECD practitioners at NQF Level 4 in basic education for preschool children.
Here is one of the Noluthando Educare practitioners signing up for 2020. With limited spaces, and great resources for those who sign up, this is a really popular course and excellent qualification to obtain. If you know someone who needs to sign up, please ask them to contact us immediately.
Our greatest appreciation and thanks to the Department of Social Development and the Western Cape Provincial DSD Chief Directors and their delegation for their visit today at our Emthonjeni sites and Toy Library. Your visit was a great encouragement and motivation to our team!
Got a gift that needs special wrapping? Our staff are gift wrapping to raise funds for Sikhula Sonke until the 24th of December at the following stores/centres:
Checkers Hyper: Somerset mall,
Shoprite: Melody walk, Mitchell's plain
Shoprite: Somerset Town
Sikhula Sonke runs the Imbewu training programme which is a one-year programme of study for preschool teachers to become certified. We are very proud of these ECD practitioners who graduated last week. Well done on your achievement, commitment to learn and hard work!