There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children
- Nelson Mandela

Event details

15 September 2017

08:00 - 13:30

Claremont Congregational Church Hall

The Amy Foundation

222 Main Road, Claremont

Event Comments

"I feel better off having come today. I feel like the positive energy of the children made even more of an impact on me than I did on them" - Volunteer, 17
"My favourite moment of the day was when a group of girls and I played our own game that I used to play as a child" - Volunteer, 17
"Things like this alway remind me to enjoy the little things in life" - Volunteer, 17
"We had fun, I want to be here again" - Child aged 12

Monkeying Around!

Sisanda’s Youth Connect programme aims to connect young volunteers from local high schools with beneficiary children from junior schools in underprivileged communities. We deliver our programme by working closely with a group of young volunteers to plan, fundraise and deliver a mini FunDay.

10 Students from Herschel Girls School spent over 4 hours of planning sessions, working with the Sisanda team to design a themed FunDay for their beneficiary group, Vukukhanye Primary School; supported by The Amy Foundation.

Working with the theme of animals, our young volunteers were inspired to create 5 activities that they could manage and participate in throughout the Connect event.

We were extremely excited to welcome 38 learners from Gugulethu on Saturday 16th September, to work with 20 young volunteers at Claremont Congregational Church Hall. The children’s faces were full of smiles and excitement when they arrived at the hall decorated with balloons and various tables of treats!

With support from our fantastic Activity Leaders Babs & Thuli, we paired each volunteer with a child for the day, before welcoming the group together with games outside. These first 2 welcoming activities were received with such energy and excitement; everyone was getting involved to create a warm and friendly environment for the day.

Once the hall was filled with fun, laughter and balloons, we were able to start our activities for the day including: face painting, biscuit decorating, rain shaker making, pass the parcel and an animal relay. Each activity was supported by our wonderfully smiley volunteers Noelene & Em-J, who were able to lend a helping hand and make sure everyone had everything they needed. There was such concentration throughout the room, with every child taking such pride in their creations and working beautifully with their new friends for the day.

When we thought the day couldn’t get any better, our Butler arrived delivering delicious pizzas. After such a busy morning, we certainly needed some time to regroup and refuel. A huge thank you to Butlers Pizza for sponsoring our lunch, we needed that extra boost of energy to finish the day.

Thank you to the HCI Foundation for sponsoring our transport with Golden Arrow, you enable us to access the children and bring them out of their communities to enjoy our Connect events.

Thank you to Claremont Congregational Church for donating a safe, secure space for us to work in and to Herschel Girls School for raising R1 000 in their cake sale to contribute towards costs for the day.

Thank you to Babs, Thuli, Noelene &Em-J for your support at our Connect events, we couldn’t do it without your time and energy. Thank you also to Josh for photographing our day, he really managed to capture some special moments for us to remember.

Thank you to Herschel Girls School for giving up their time to volunteer and work with our beneficiary children. The smiles, laughter and energy thrived throughout the day and made it such a special time for everyone involved.

Pictures from the event