Winkie Cebisa has an important message to share about child protection as the 16 Days Campaign for no violence against women and children continues.
We hear from Sikhula Sonke programme manager Mrs Thembakazi Nxesi... its time to protect our communities, our families and our vulnerable.
Mdebuka Mthwazi, Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke ECD, speaks out about gender based violence in Khayelitsha during the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Watch the video below.
Today we celebrated the children from our Emthonjeni programme, an outreach which is facilitated in the informal spaces and water collection points of Khayelitsha’s sections. These children have done so well and are now ready for Grade R. We salute you!
Thank you to all the teachers, facilitators, our social work team and of course our partners. It takes a village coming together to be able to celebrate this achievement. Siyabonga!
Immunisations took place in Monwabisi Park this week, reaching children from A and C sections. This service happens in partnership with government, ensuring that children's Road to Health cards are up to date. We also get a chance to connect with caregivers and general health screening takes place at the same time - we refer families for health interventions if we pick up any issues. Thanks to all involved!
Early Christmas for our caregivers! They received food parcels after the workshop session held yesterday. Thank you Connect Network, Sanlam Foundation and Western Cape Department of Social Development, Cape Town!
Our Family & Community Motivator programme runs various activities to support and equip parents and caregivers as they raise their children. Parent cluster workshops took place this week in all 8 Emthonjeni areas.
As we start term four, our message to the caregivers is "Keep our children safe during festive season." A big thank you to social worker/facilitator Amelia Mfiki-Zenani for joining us and speaking about the difficult topic of Gender Based Violence, something many families struggle with especially with everyone home and the abuse of alcohol at gatherings over this time of year.
We also want to affirm the parents and caregivers who are part of our FCM programme. We love your desire to learn more, to share and to raise children who will be an important part of our nation!
It's been a long time since SISO teams have been able to get out to the sites to do training. With Lockdown Level 1 announced, its time for ECDs to open so our teams set up training and discussion spaces across eight different sites in Khayelitsha to inform and educate about government regulations and requirements.
So good to be back with feet on the ground and connect again with these incredible ECD practitioners and caregivers!
With the cold and rainy weather this week, our teams have been limited in our door to door visits. However, we were able to bless this lovely lady who has her own local Khayelitsha business... times are tough when your customers have lost their jobs. You can’t see the very big smile, but this will help with food on the table for her family.