Top Stories From The DoMore Foundation

Piloting the "Eat, Love, Play, Talk" programme

 

The Eat, Love, Play, Talk programme taking place at Early ChildhoodDevelopment (ECD) Centres focuses on using DoMore porridge as an incentive to bring parents to an engagement programme focusing on improved food and nutrition literacy, hygiene practices and linking good nutrition to brain development, responsive caregiving and early learning through play.

The Do More Foundation is currently piloting introductory parent sessions in 3 project areas (Nkomazi, Worcester and Pongola) as well as inMkhuze with our implementing partner, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation.

So far, the uptake by parents/caregivers has been phenomenal with plans to take this programme to new heights. More updates to follow.

Celebrate the unsung Heroes with us this Mandela Day!

 

This Mandela Day the Do More Foundation will be acknowledging the enormous contribution made largely by women in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector.

These resilient heroes operate under challenging circumstances every day to ensure young children receive the early stimulation and support they need to thrive.

This July, the Foundation will be running a national campaign to deliver thousands of “gratitude boxes” and messages of support to the heroes of ECD to acknowledge them for the true heroes that they are.

Hammardale success stories - a year in review

 

The Greater Hammarsdale Community continues to be hard hit by food insecurity caused by the consequent economic effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic.

In collaboration with various stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit sector, the Do More Foundation has been focusing on various initiatives that aim to empower the Hammarsdale community and restore hope through different food security, enterprise development and Early Childhood Development (ECD) projects. 

Handcrafted toy kits for young children

 

The Do More Foundation have partnered with CHEP and Breede Valley APD (Association for Persons with Disabilities) in Worcester to create affordable and durable early learning wooden toys for young children using CHEP’s timber off-cuts.

The first 12 wooden toy kits designed to develop key cognitive skills in young children have been funded by FNB for delivery to ECD Centres in various communities in Johannesburg. Not only do these kits provide stimulation to young children, they are also generating income for the youth at Breede Valley APD who handcraft these toys from scratch.

Local Hero speaks up about child rights

 

Brenda Siko is the principal of an ECD Centre in Zwelethemba who benefits from the Foundation’s community programme, Worcester – a place where young children flourish. Earlier this month, Brenda presented her challenges to the parliamentary portfolio committee dealing with the Children’s Amendment Bill.

During her presentation to parliament, Brenda spoke courageously about the lack of support for people like her running ECD Centres in informal settlements with limited or no access to basic resources.

She explained that the ECD sector is critical for ensuring young children are provided with a solid foundation for their growth and development. Brenda is a true hero who provides safe spaces for young children in her community and continues to fight for better services for children living in informal settlements.