As 2022 draws to a close, we reflect on the ways in which the lives of young children in uPhongolo have been positively impacted through the #DoMore4Pongola initiative, all made possible through the collaborative efforts of the DO MORE FOUNDATION, Lulamaphiko, RCL FOODS, various investment partners, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) workforce and stakeholders in the municipality.
In recent years, we have partnered with progressive organisations and value-driven businesses to help young entrepreneurs (mostly young mothers and fathers) launch, grow, and manage successful small businesses in their communities through our Township Economy Programme. Based on the successes we have seen from this model in the community of Hammarsdale and thanks to generous funding from @PEPKOR Speciality, we are thrilled to announce that we will be expanding this project to the community of Rustenburg where we are laying the groundwork for deep community development work in the years to come, focusing on the young child.
Using this Enterprise Development model, we are able to bring sustainable income to households run by young mothers or fathers and empower their small businesses to create jobs for others in the community. Not only does this improve the families standard of living, we have also seen this model direct change through broader economic growth and social inclusion at community level. Stay tuned for more updates as this project develops ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Jessica Ronaasen, our National Programmes Lead at the Do More Foundation. Jessica is a social worker and researcher with skills and expertise in early childhood education, non-profit management, and community development.
As an early childhood development (ECD) specialist with expertise in facilitation, programme development and monitoring and evaluation in the ECD sector, she has assisted in developing the training manual based on the nutrition guidelines for ECD centres with UNICEF and the National Department of Health. Jessica also has a PhD focussing on the essential management competencies of ECD principals in South Africa. She has been an incredible addition to our team spearheading the content creation of our EAT LOVE PLAY TALK National parenting programme and documentation of our "Everyone gets to PLAY" community development model.
Her lively can-do attitude inspires everyone around her and we are so happy to have her in the team! 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
Chapter 8 of the Integrated ECD policy focuses on the funding model for quality ECD programmes and services. Policies and programmes are effective only if funding and human resources are available. Specific mention in the policy highlights infrastructure development and training of the ECD workforce as elements that should be considered in the funding model.
See our training and development work here:https://bit.ly/3BPFacS ... See MoreSee Less
I applied for Communications Coordinator vacancy for this Foundation and was regretted, I would have loved to serve but was not lucky enough this time I'm sad, congratulations to the successful candidate. 😊