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!
In November 2018 Mr Mdebuka Mthwazi. Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke ECD, was awarded the Imagine Award for Education, with an additional award of funding from Survé Philanthropies toward the work of Sikhula Sonke ECD.
The inaugural Imagine Awards recognised individuals, organisations and institutions involved in initiatives aimed at making a social impact in various sectors. The Survé Philanthropies, the private foundation which houses several of the Survé family’s philanthropic initiatives, announced the launch of the Imagine Awards in early November 2018. “People continue to do good work for the greater good in spite of desperate times, and despite cuts in funding from donors. However, they are often not honoured for the work they do. At the Imagine Awards, we will recognise those who work tirelessly to put the needs of others above their own. If we support and celebrate those who diligently work to make a difference, it all adds up,” said the director of Survé Philanthropies, Saarah Survé.
Organisers say the quality of the nominations was very high. Nearly 100 nominations were received from across the country. Of these, 33 individuals and organisations made it to the short list in various categories including arts and culture; disability; technology; human rights; media; education; women; children and poverty alleviation. Twelve special awards were conferred on individuals who have made a contribution to social justice. The recipients of the Imagine Awards will also be assisted with funding towards their respective initiatives.
It was a great honour for Sikhula Sonke ECD to see it's Executive Director publicly recognised for the work he has done for the past 15 years in Khayelitsha's communities.
Every year we host graduations in November. These little people have learnt and grown so much in the past 11 months... we wish them well as they start at primary school and continue learning for life.
One of the great joys of our work is seeing ECDs thrive and being resourced and equipped. Barney Educare Centre is reaching through the sky with big smiles thanks to some of our generous funders and partners!
One of our favourite places to go is Green Point Urban Park which is located just below Signal Hill and Lion's Head. With acres of grass to play on and one of the most FUN play areas in the city, our kids romped with the best! Cape Town gave us lovely weather too.