Young Children – Do More Foundation

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FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

For the past few years we have been working with RCL FOODS employees, ECD forums and DSD officials in the Worcester area of the Western Cape, empowering them with positive parenting skills to strengthen family bonds and reduce children's vulnerability. 

More recently we have been focusing on empowering Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers from the community, in collaboration with WordWorks and FCW (Western Cape Foundation for Community Work). Using the Wordworks ‘Every Word Counts’ early literacy and numeracy programme, a monthly workshop is conducted for 35 teachers from community-based ECD centres and 10 home visitors from FCW. Here, participants get actively engaged in practical activities that they can use to support young children in developing the foundational skills they will need to learn to read, write and do maths.   

The Do More Foundation further supports the Worcester community through the weekly #LovePlayTalk radio programme on Valley FM, sponsored by RCL FOODS and developed by Ilifa Labantwana. Each week the show hosts a guest speaker who deals with a different topic to help parents give their children the best possible start in life.

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The Leave No Young Child Behind initiative aims to drive a significant improvement in the wellbeing of young children in Nkomazi, particularly wards 16 and 19 where the majority of young children have not been accessing essential ECD services or realising their rights and needs - making it unlikely that they will ever reach their potential and escape the poverty cycle. Leave No Young Child Behind seeks to change this by mobilising stakeholders from inside and outside the community and facilitating universal access to a comprehensive 'package of quality services' that meet young children's developmental needs in line with the National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy approved by Cabinet in December 2015. This is of critical importance since both wards have been identified by the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme as poverty nodal sites needing urgent intervention. 

In order to change the situation for young children in this area, we have embarked on a multi-stakeholder collaborative process. In line with the National Integrated ECD Policy, the focus areas are: 

• Maternal and Child Health : Back to Basics 
• Nutrition and Food Sufficiency 
• Stimulation and Early Learning 
• Parental and Caregiver Support 
• Prevention and early intervention services for the protection of young children 
• Infrastructure and Services for ECD 
• Collaborative Partnership, Data Management and Reporting 

The DO MORE FOUNDATION also supports the Nkomazi community with weekly #LovePlayTalk radio programme on Nkomazi FM.

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