The SAPS-Harare Cluster did not waste any time in joining the public ECD event in Harare Square in front of our offices to celebrate Mandela Day.
We set up imaginary/fantasy play, face-painting and other activities that were prepared for children in celebration of Dr Nelson Mandela's Centenary Celebrations. Radio Khaltsha conducted interviews in all the different sites Sikhula Sonke set up activities, including Khayelitsha District Hospital, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and Azania square, where a new playgroup site has been erected by Sikhula Sonke Fieldworkers and associates. Thembi did an early morning workshop with pregnant mothers at Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital.
What is Mandela Day without gifts? Children were showered with gifts, party packs and beanies. Thank you to all who made this day a success. Thanks to our funders for making this event a success and reaching out to children who don't have resources to otherwise access basic early learning and development.
Many thanks to PEP Stores, Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital and JAM South Africa for helping make this day special for our children.
We are inspired by these words:
"You can choose to look the other way, to hope that victims will come right without lending a helping hand, without your sacrifice. You can choose to be an armchair critic who sees everything wrong with the efforts of those trying to help; a critic who finds others falling short, yet doesn't get involved themselves.
I choose to get my hands dirty, and to help in any way possible to lift the heavy burden of poverty and inequality from the shoulders of the poor and vulnerable."
Thank you Sello Hatang (CE, Nelson Mandela Foundation). We agree and this is what Sikhula Sonke does.
We talked about the importance of Child Protection this week all over Khayelitsha.
Our teams were joined by Metro Police, City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Team and The Carel Du Toit Centre who conducted hearing and sight screening for us. It was a jam-packed week that started with World Play Day and a lot of rain! Our team quickly moved to a local church and over 500 children from different community preschools joined us for demonstrations by the police dogs, fire safety training, skits and plays and some singing and games. Each child and caregiver received lunch and snacks. Many children also were given hearing screening and visual testing to check eyes and ears - picking up problems early can help tremendously with schooling.
The week continued with community dialagues throughout Khayelitsha, and some radio programmes with Radio Khaltsha.
Thank you to all our sponsors, partner organisations and teams who worked so very hard to make this an impactful week!
Sikhula Sonke, in conjunction with it's partners, is hosting World Play Day on Monday 28 May as the start to a full week of activities promoting the importance of Child Protection.
Check out our Facebook page for all the latest information.
If you are in the Cape Town area, you can tune to Radio Khaltsha every Wednesday from 10h00-12h00 and listen to Winkie Cebisa and Papama Mateza talking about different early childhood development topics to educate and empower our Khayelitsha community.
Topics so far have included the importance of early learning and stimulation, parenting, child neglect, 1st 1000 days, child protection in general and more.
A big shout out to Radio Khaltsha for giving us this this opportunity to reach more people, and to our great Sikhula Sonke representatives for stepping out of their comfort zones and doing something new!
Sikhula Sonke's "Funda Udlale Toy Library" programme hosted a library week last week. The library facilitators decided to reach out to pre-schools who don’t have the means to come to our library sessions and/or are remote from the library.
The team arranged different developmentally appropriate games and activities like eye and hand co-ordination games with a lot of balancing and also physical development games to get children moving.
The week was all about play and games! To finish off, on Friday we invited and collected some of the ECD centres for a special day. Our indoor games included balancing games, face painting and board games, as well as some physical games which strengthen larger muscles. Our favourite outdoor "game" was bouncing on the jumping castles!
Our team interacted with 19 children on Monday, 41 on Tuesday, 40 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday and an amazing 117 children joined us for Friday's finale.
Thanks to all who participated and to the ECDs for inviting us into your spaces!
In promoting literacy and introduction of books to young children, one of our partners, Mikhulu Trust is training our key facilitators to conduct book sharing in our children's circles. Thanks to Vuyokazi who facilitates this workshop brilliantly. This training started on Wednesday till Friday 9th. Book sharing is a very interesting concept that we intend to take it into our parenting/ caregiver training programmes.
A special thank you and loads of appreciation to Camilla of Little Libraries for donating books for our satellite toy library in Enkanini Community - the children are really enjoying the books. This toy library operates on the premises of Happy Child Foundation.
We appreciate every partner that comes on board to make a difference in the lives of young children of Khayelitsha!
After a desk makeover on the inside, our team enjoyed giving the outside of our offices a fresh look too!
Our Emthonjeni informal learning programme facilitated 2253 individual child, parent & caregiver interactions hosted in public spaces around Khayelitsha. Now that's a lot of love and care, right there!