ECD programs are geared to grow the social and emotional, language and communication, movement or physical – and cognitive abilities of toddlers.
We keep our children out of the streets and safe during school holidays with programs such as our Easter program. The children are treated to goodies such as backpacks filled with toys and useful gifts like stationery and hygiene packs) while engaging in an Easter egg hunt and all manners of educational play.
During the month of May, we intently concentrate on the safety of our children. The threats to their well-being are numerous and all encompassing. It is our solemn duty not only to inform them of potential hazards but also to teach them how to safeguard themselves. We also advise teachers and parents on how to identify possible cases of abuse and how to respond in those situations.
The 16th of June is Youth Day and in this month we turn our attention to the older children. A solid education and a goal for the future is paramount to them taking charge of their lives and we consider it crucial to empower them to do just that.
Family is fundamental to a healthy, well-balanced childhood and as such we opt to develop children within their family units in so far as it is possible. To that end we identify a family home in need of restoration then we roll up our sleeves and hop to it. It is however not the entire extent of our Mandela Day projects, we typically join in as many supportive ventures as we can on the day.
Being the head of the house, we believe it is imperative to educate men in every aspect of being responsible and reliable husbands, fathers and sons. We tackle social ills like woman and child abuse and alcohol and narcotics dependency along with unemployment concerns, spirituality and hygiene. Our objective is to let these men know that we understand their frustrations and challenges but at the same time we impress upon them that it is no excuse for acting out and abandoning their duties as men.
August is Women’s month and so we spend the month celebrating the herculean feat that our mothers wrestle with continuously. We host programs to encourage them and to show them that we recognize their invaluable and irreplaceable roles in society and as with their menfolk, we understand their challenges and we are here to help.
Each of our programs are vital but we are especially invested in this program. Awareness surrounding the deplorable incidences of child abuse and keeping our children safe is at the very core of the existence of our organisation. Abuse of both women and children take on so many reprehensible forms but the chief of these is sexual in nature and so the correlation with World Aids Day.
Psychosocial programs are held monthly with children throughout the year.
These programs have focus on the following:
• Building self esteem
• Teaching children about team work
• Importance of listening
• Caring for oneself and ensuring good hygiene
• Keeping safe at all times
• How to utilise household items to keep busy during holidays
• Talks were rendered on: Drug abuse, Peer Pressure and Self Esteem
• Rights and responsibilities
During these programs we advise parents on budgeting, substance abuse, self-care (hygiene and emotional well-being), discipline measures, safety measures and challenges faced when caring for orphans and vulnerable children.