Charity profile

Established in 2005, Masikhule's primary objective is to ensure that children living within marginalised and disadvantaged areas attend crèches and pre-schools that provide a holistic Early Child Development and stimulation programme where learning is fun, creative, practical and relevant.

Masikhule offers a variety of training courses to teachers, parents and unemployed women in Early Childhood Development (birth to 6 years), child nutrition, parenting skills and business skills. To ensure the implementation of theory into practice, we offer a mentorship and crèche development service which includes in-service training, resource assessment, development, acquisition and support to 30 underprivileged Early Learning Centres. We train approximately 300 women per annum and reach more than 1800 children from birth to 6 years through our training and mentorship program.

In addition to training in ECD, we also offer workshops in child nutrition, menu planning and basic cooking skills and a course in crèche administration and management, both of which include a supply of resource kits.

Our First 1000 Days Initiative: From conception to 2 years is a free 2-day workshop/information session to pregnant women and health-care workers who come into contact with and deal with pregnant women in the community. A variety of issues pertaining to pregnancy, including maternal health and well-being, maternal and infant mental health, maternal support and the role of health-care workers, hygiene, nutrition and early stimulation are addressed.

This is an organisation of women working for women. Masikhule means 'we are growing' in isiXhosa. It is not just the children who are growing, but the women too. Please see www.masikhule.org for more information.