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Celebrating Partnerships: Living Hope

2022-04-29T10:59:55+02:00

Our Celebrating Partners Project aims to recognise and highlight the work that is done by our implementing partners. We look at how book-sharing has benefited them as an organisation and their beneficiaries. Today we celebrate our partnership with Living Hope. What started as a grassroots initiative by a local church in the year 2000 is now a multi-faceted, faith-based organisation focusing on community development. What is Living Hope? “We’re a Christian ministry and we serve in under-served or under-resourced communities”, explains Sive Vaaltein, the Family Strengthening Manager at Living Hope. Living Hope is based in Cape Town and East London, [...]

Celebrating Partnerships: Living Hope2022-04-29T10:59:55+02:00

Celebrating Partnerships : Seven Passes

2022-04-29T11:00:03+02:00

Our Celebrating Partners Project aims to recognise and highlight the work that is done by our implementing partners. We look at how book-sharing has benefited them as an organisation and benefited the families they work with. Today we celebrate our partnership with The Seven Passes Initiative. “Global research — including in Khayelitsha — has found a link between book sharing with young children and a reduced likelihood of violence later in their lives. In South Africa, where violence rates are high and resources are few, cheap and easy interventions for parents that directly affect the violence risk factors [...]

Celebrating Partnerships : Seven Passes2022-04-29T11:00:03+02:00

Celebrating Partnerships : Denis Goldberg House of Hope

2022-04-29T11:00:10+02:00

Our Celebrating Partners Project aims to recognise and highlight the work that is done by our implementing partners. We look at how book-sharing has benefited them as an organisation and their beneficiaries. Today we celebrate our partnership with Denis Goldberg House of Hope. Denis Goldberg was one of the Rivonia Trialists. In 1964, he was sentenced to life in prison alongside Nelson Mandela. “Denis Goldberg House of Hope was set up as the realisation of the dream of Denis Goldberg,” explains Debbie, the manager of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope. “He wanted to give something back to [...]

Celebrating Partnerships : Denis Goldberg House of Hope2022-04-29T11:00:10+02:00

2020 Annual Report Released

2022-01-27T14:46:39+02:00

When I first joined Mikhulu Trust, I admired and respected the organisation for their focus and interest in delivering evidence-based interventions. Now, and throughout the pandemic period, my motivation and love for our work comes from our impact on parents and caregivers who spend their days at home with their young children, and who now feel supported to develop loving and stimulating relationships with them. At Mikhulu Trust, we truly believe that all parents and caregivers, regardless of their education or income level, can be their children’s first and best teachers. At Mikhulu Trust, we truly believe that all parents [...]

2020 Annual Report Released2022-01-27T14:46:39+02:00

Father | Storyteller | Book-sharing guru

2022-01-27T14:34:06+02:00

For Anele, storytelling is a family tradition that his father passed down to him, and that he continues with his own children. Becoming a book-sharing facilitator has allowed Anele to tell stories to his children in a different way - stories are told together, using wordless picture books. “When I am reading now, I’m not just reading a book to my child. I am sharing the book with them. They are leading the story and leading me.” Anele advocates that if more fathers become actively involved in book-sharing and storytelling, we would quickly see the positive impacts around reading in South [...]

Father | Storyteller | Book-sharing guru2022-01-27T14:34:06+02:00

How do we raise kids that are not going to be violent?

2022-01-27T14:45:44+02:00

Three organisations join forces to launch The Book-sharing Fatherhood Project Mikhulu Trust is joining hands with Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to investigate the impact that book-sharing can have on fathers' relationships with their children and what that could mean for the violence that plagues South African society. Mikhulu Trust’s Book-sharing programme has been reaching caregivers since 2017, with most caregivers being women. “Book-sharing, as an activity, can be done by any caregiver, but we needed to explore why fathers were not joining the programme. In this research project, we plan to redesign [...]

How do we raise kids that are not going to be violent?2022-01-27T14:45:44+02:00

Celebrating Partnerships : Inceba Trust

2022-04-29T11:00:20+02:00

Our Celebrating Partners Project aims to recognise and highlight the work that is done by our implementing partners. We look at how book-sharing has benefited them as an organisation and their beneficiaries. Today we celebrate our partnership with Inceba Trust. A well known African proverb says “it takes a village to raise a child”. When we reflect on our work at Mikhulu Trust, this proverb rings true. Together with our partner organisations, we aim to ensure nourishing relationships and networks between parents and children in South Africa through the use of book-sharing. Who is Inceba Trust? Inceba Trust is an [...]

Celebrating Partnerships : Inceba Trust2022-04-29T11:00:20+02:00

Building bonds : Changing ideas on what it means to be a father

2022-01-27T16:16:50+02:00

Growing up without a father and working long hours in the youth sector meant John was not very involved in raising his son. When John started his book-sharing facilitator training, he was encouraged to spend time with his son at home and practice book-sharing. John welcomes the new relationship that he and his son have built and believes that book-sharing could benefit fathers across the country. Together, in doing so, this could benefit South Africa as a whole. A different experience of family John’s childhood was a very different experience to his son’s. “I never got a chance to [...]

Building bonds : Changing ideas on what it means to be a father2022-01-27T16:16:50+02:00

A family affair: book-sharing is for children of all abilities

2022-03-17T13:04:27+02:00

Shameem Fisher is a teacher with a real love for books. This love is something that she has wished to instill in her son, Seth. When Shameem and Seth joined book-sharing sessions, they found a welcoming and understanding space where Seth was free to be himself. Shameem would like to encourage all parents to start book-sharing, and especially parents of children with disabilities - “book-sharing is for all children”. The decision to book-share As a child with autism and who is partially verbal, Seth’s mum was looking for something that they could do together to relax, while also helping [...]

A family affair: book-sharing is for children of all abilities2022-03-17T13:04:27+02:00

#MyStoryMyLanguage competition

2022-03-17T13:16:22+02:00

Mikhulu Trust launches #MyStoryMyLanguage competition - with a prize of 40 beautiful South African children’s books! In celebration of our traditional stories and diverse mother languages, the Mikhulu Trust is launching the #MyStoryMyLanguage competition, which will culminate on International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2021. The lucky winner will receive a selection of beautiful South African children’s storybooks, kindly donated by partner organisations, in the winner’s mother-tongue or preferred languages. How to enter the competition Parents and caregivers across South Africa are invited to enter the competition simply by summarising, in the comments on our #MyStoryMyLanguage Facebook [...]

#MyStoryMyLanguage competition2022-03-17T13:16:22+02:00
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