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.
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.
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
Child Protection Week is commemorated from 29 May to 4 June 2022 and raises awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).
The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services.
Sikhula Sonke ECD calls on all South Africans to support Child Protection Week by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children.
Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.
Do you need help?
The Department of Social Development has a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence:
You can also get help at:
POSITION AVAILABLE: IT INTERN
An exciting opportunity has become available for an IT Intern to join a vibrant and busy NPO working in Khayelitsha. The successful candidate will be expected to work at our offices in Harare Square, Khayelitsha and will be the ‘go to’ person for IT-related queries and support for our staff of 40. The candidate will also be expected to assist local preschools with their own IT needs and help them set up systems and software. Creative, out-of-the-box thinking combined with technical expertise is essential. This is a full time position ideally suited to a new graduate between the ages of 18 and 34.
The ideal candidate should have:
Deadline for applications is 30 May 2022. If you have not heard from us by 15 June 2022, please consider your application unsuccessful.
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On Thursday 14 April Sikhula Sonke officially opened a new classroom in K2 Section, which will be used by our Emthonjeni outreach programme. K2 Section is one of the informal areas in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Emthonjeni is an outreach programme which provides preschool interactions and learning for children whose families cannot afford the basic preschool tuition at formal preschools in Khayelitsha. Our Emthonjeni facilitators run preschool using communal spaces, carrying toys, books and games with them to each space. At the same time we monitor children for learning development and/or difficulties, assist with vaccinations, health screenings, provide parenting resources to parents and caregivers, help with social grants and child birth certificate registrations and also offer psycho-social support to families.
This lovely classroom and community space was made possible through funding by Solon Foundation and donations by private individuals. It was designed and built by Scottie Dog Enterprises, a local Cape Town company, with the help of some of the K2 fathers.
Thanks to Wynberg Girls High School who donated Easter eggs for our opening on the 14th.
We are excited at the opportunities this classroom provides to this community. Thank you to all involved!
Learning experiences are an important part of childhood, and so Sikhula Sonke includes outings as part of our Emthonjeni outreach programme curriculum. This month we were privileged to be able to visit Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm, in Stellenbosch. Eagle Encounters has a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education programme with a focus on raptors (birds of prey) and some other small animals.
Our children loved the opportunity to meet owls, eagles, hawks, a porcupine, snakes and some farm animals in person. For many of the children, this was their first introduction to wildlife.
Thanks to Eagle Encounters for this wonderful opportunity for our children. Their engaged staff explained in simple terms, flew the birds for us and offered children a chance to touch and learn about our South African wildlife. We hope that perhaps one day some passionate conservationists will emerge from this group!
Fifteen caregivers from K2 attended a support group that was facilitated by FAMSA in partnership with Sikhula Sonke's social work team. The main objective of the workshop was to support women affected by Gender Based Violence. Cases of physical, financial and emotional abuse were identified. This support group helped help women to recognise, process and heal from their hurts, as well as take appropriate action.
Growing together together with our Imbiza FCM team, all sorts of good things are happening at UT Gardens. Parents are very positive about all the innovations in the programme. We have partnered with Nanny ‘n Me to reach out to young children. We are so excited about this partnership, especially as Miss Zandile Mahola used to be one of our Facilitators at Sikhula Sonke before joining Nanny ‘n Me.
Miss Thembi Nxesi, our Community Development Manager, and UT Gardens Team Leader Miss Nolitha Gana applaud Miss Mahola taking time to plough back into our organisation from where she started.
All I want for Christmas... is a classroom! For those who are looking for a Christmas present that is a very special gift, we've got just the right thing for you. We have 60% of the funds already and just need R22,000 to make this dream a reality for some precious children from our Emthonjeni programmes. Get sharing and let's make it happen!