One thousand books
Thank you to The Solon Foundation for the amazing donation of more than 1000 books to our Khayelitsha children! The gift of reading is one that leads children in being life-long learners and opens doors everywhere.
What a privilege to see little faces light up and children swept away into tales of adventure.
2022 Annual Report published
We're excited to announce that our latest annual report has been published. Click here to download it and give thanks with us for all that happened in the last financial year.
FCM parent cluster workshops
Our Family and Community Motivator (FCM) programme reaches over 200 families across Khayelitsha. For those that don't know, Khayelitsha is made up of Sections: Site B, Site C, RR Section, Khunqu, Taiwan and others.
Today our teams went out to facilitate workshops that draw in parents from those communities. Our topic was child neglect: what child neglect is, how to recognise it, how to address it and how to prevent it. We spoke about resources that parents can use, good parenting, where to get help.
Thank you to all involved today. And thank you to those who shared their own stories, who contributed and who are our Child Protection Champions. We are so aware that not everyone had an ideal childhood, and that every parent is learning on the job. Keep up the good work and remember, you're not alone in this huge privilege we have of raising our children.
ECD teacher training in action
Sikhula Sonke runs a 6-month course on topics like how to teach isiXhosa words to children, how to tell stories using puppets, how to make your own books and puzzles for the classroom and how to tell a story using sequence cards. Here's some action today at our training centre.
We love partnering with Nali'bali to get books into the hands of learners... reading clubs engender a love of stories, reading and literacy.
Remember we built a lovely classroom in K2 section? Here are some photos of the new preschool in action.
Growing Together Donation
A Good Samaritan through Growing Together visited the 1st 1000 Days programme at UT Gardens to bless children and caregivers with gifts which included warm winter fleece blankets for young children. Thanks to Dr Kannen for blessing these families!
Learners partnering with learners
Sikhula Sonke is excited to partner with Wynberg Girls High School with regards to their monthly 'sandwich and fruit' drives, an initiative that is led by Wynberg Girls learners.
Once a month the girls bring bread, spreads and fruit to school and, before their day begins, make and pack sandwiches to be delivered to informal and formal ECDs in Khayelitsha.
Our thanks to Principal Dr Wallace and Wynberg Girls High School learners, and in particular the Service Pillar team who jumped in to meet a need and ensure little tummies get a nutritious lunch.
Talking child safety
One of the key cornerstones of Child Protection Week is community dialogues. We meet with parents, caregivers, community leaders and welcome anyone who will join us to discuss how "we" (not "you") can create a safe, nurturing environment for our children to grow up.
Topics range from nutrition, health, vaccinations and more to GBV, helplines and more. It takes a village to raise our children, and the village needs to talk to each other in order to work together.
Thank you to the people of Site B, Site C, Khunqu, Mew Way, Monwabisi, Harare, UT Gardens and Enkanini for joining the conversations.
World Play Day in pictures
Thank you to our many sponsors and partners, including the following:
Carel du Toit
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town Fire
City of Cape Town SAPS
Khayelitsha ECD centres
Khayelitsha ECD Forum
Michael Mapongwana Clinic
Nanny 'n me
Western Cape Government
Western Cape Health
Wynberg Girls High School