Hamba Bamba Funda Early Childhood & Community Development Orientation Workshop held in Dobsonville

Caption: Hamba Bamba Funda (HBF) receiving a grant from LIFSA (Local Initiative Fund-South Africa for an ECD project titled: Early Childhood Education training for parents and guardians in under privileged communities. Pictures here are Glory Morake, the Operational Manager at the City of Johannesburg with Monja Boonzaier from HBF as well as Ms Morake and Ms Hendriks Monja from the Department of Social development.

HBF’s Early Childhood & Community Development Orientation Workshop held in Dobsonville

Hamba Bamba Funda (HBF) is a Non-Profit Organization that advocates Early Childhood Education from birth through to 2 years old and is currently running projects in under resourced areas in Soweto, South Africa. Currently Early Childhood programmes start from 2 years and upwards, whereas Hamba Bamba Funda’s SETA accredited program uniquely starts from birth, which gives the child the stimulation and support it needs for building a strong foundation that will last a lifetime.

This month LIFSA (Local Initiative fund – South Africa) which is an initiative of the Government of the principality of Monaco in partnership with the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, with the support of the NGO ILLIS and the Swiss Embassy in South Africa awarded a grant to HBF which will enable HBF to offer formally recognised “Further Education Training Certification in Early Childhood Development “recognised by the registered skills provider ETDP SETA. This unique Early Childhood Education Program supports ECD from birth and facilitates the holistic development of young babies and toddlers. This program will help broaden and build a lifelong learning foundation for the the babies and upskill caregivers/guardians with a view of them being released into the sector, gaining employment, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

The workshop was a huge success with 42 participants turning up.  Government Officials from Social Development Glory Morake and her colleague Pamela Hendriks attended and was highly impressed by the quality of the work that was presented by Founding Director of HBF, Monja Boonzaier.  “We were impressed with the tremendous work HBF is doing for our communities and we hope to have a long-lasting relationship” said Glory Morake.

Monja Boonzaierfounding Director said “I could not have been more proud to see principals and teachers from ECD and youth organisations such as Nanga Vhutsilo, Leratong Hub, Kliptown Youth Project and local Day care centres from Klipspruit, Kliptown and Dobsonville attending our event. 25 participants completed application forms where 10 will be selected to join the training program starting in March this year.”

Sponsors include LIFSA, ILLIS and the Swiss Embassy.

For further information please visit www.hambabambafunda.org