DSC_0508.JPGThe Sinovuyo Caring Families Project has had a very exciting year so far!

We have been working in both Khayelitsha and Nyanga, with our research and facilitation teams showing such dedication when it comes to reaching out to vulnerable parents.

In sum, we have enrolled 269 parents into the study – a great achievement!

On Friday 22 August, we celebrated the successful completion of our first wave of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Programme in Khayelitsha.

IMG_1453 copy.JPGWe held a joyous event in which 48 proud parents graduated from the programme. Parents sang traditional songs together and shared what it meant to be part of the Sinovuyo programme. They spoke movingly about how Sinovuyo helped them change their lives. They learned to manage their emotions and stress, respond in a loving way towards their children, and build a Rondavel of Support for their families. Some even described how they used to hit their children with a pipe but now, they tell stories and play with them. Such a wonderful transformation!

The research team has recently finished recruiting a new group of parents from Nyanga. All participants were invited to attend one of two Health and Wellness Days where they could receive free health information and screenings. These events were well attended and participants made good use of the available services! It was great to partner with local NGOs, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, FNB, Ikamva Labantu, TB/HIV Care Association, St John Ambulance, and Etafeni, who made the day such a success!

BIG THANKS to Europcar, Rand Merchant Bank Fund, ApexHi Charitable Trust, and Ilifa Labantwana for making this project possible!

– Inge Wessels, Project Manager