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Circles



Sisanda skill circles


What is a Skill Circle


This programme sees a volunteer, who has a skill or passion or an idea to run a programme, providing ongoing and progressive skills training sessions to our beneficiaries.  The volunteers empower the children by running topical and relevant programmes from which the children can take away life skills or a new talent, passion or hobby.


How long does it run for?


The duration of each Circle is individually tailored to suit the needs and time availability of both volunteer and beneficiary within a realistic and achievable time frame. Our Skill circles in the past have varied from a 6 week duration to as long as 9 months.


Benefits


At the end of the programme the children not only take away an actual skill; these programmes have resulted in an increased confidence, self-esteem and awareness that benefits the children in their day to day lives. The rewards are not only felt by the children, the volunteer also takes something away. 


Past Circles


Current and past programmes have included Pilates , dancing, boot camps, improvisation /drama classes, anti-bullying sessions, teaching soft skills, art classes, singing, drumming to name a few.
If you have an idea for a Sisanda Skills Circle and would like to volunteer your time, please contact us.

Feedback


"Working with Sisanda FunDaytion was incredibly rewarding and a great deal of fun. Everyone was approachable and helpful for any concerns or queries I had. Having not worked with teenagers for a while, especially those that are less fortunate, I was nervous. Bearing that in mind Anja and the team suggested I work with the amazing kids from Lawrence House. I love improvisation and the joy it brings to people. The children quickly got on board with what I wanted from them and they grew in confidence with every session. They were respectful, inquisitive and were an absolute joy to work with. In the showcase the kids really shone and put on a great show. It was a proud moment to see them put into practice what they had learnt and more improtantly they had fun! It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from the team at Sisanda. During the 6 week course the representatives from Sisanda and Lawrence House were always on hand for advice and support. This made my job so much easier and I could just focus on the kids. I thank Sisanda for the experience and very much look forward to the next project." Jason Delplanque - Improv Circle
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Upcoming Circles



Wellness Workshops with Core Fit
Corefit Centre, Seapoint

African Impact and Lawrence House

15 Jun 2018 to 28 Dec 2018

DEC
28
2018
to
JUN
15
2018

Wellness Workshop #1
Often grandmothers are the ones holding families together who are affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty in SA. GAPA "Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS" (est. 2001) started as a self help project in Khayelitsha, offering educational and psychosocial support for the older generation.

On Friday we invited 14 of these lovely gogos (grandmothers) to an afternoon of High Tea at the Clarendon guest house, Fresnaye. Nicci our host


BEEing Creative
Cafda Village

Lourier Primary School

15 Jun 2018 to 23 Nov 2018

NOV
23
2018
to
JUN
15
2018

Session 1:
Today, 5 learners joined Anja and Bonga for the first session of the BEEing Creative Art Circle! It was an exploration of shapes and colours and transforming black and white images into beautiful Mandala's.

Session 2:
Today, Anja and Bonga were joined by 10 learners for an exciting arts and crafts session. Each child received magazines and a piece of paper with a rhino on and that's when the fun started! It was a rip roaring adve


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GAPA - Get fit with African Zumba
G.A.P.A. Centre Khayelitsha

GAPA

10:00 - 12:00

SEP
07
2018

G.A.P.A. Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids

We spent a very exciting and "upBEAT" Friday morning dancing with the gogos (Xhosa mean. grandmother...


Bust a move! Zumba time!


23 Aug 2018 to 27 Sep 2018

SEP
27
2018
to
AUG
23
2018

Once again our beautiful Zumba trainer Sania will be giving upbeat Zumba classes to eager kids. Due to popular demand she is returning to our lovely b...


Magic with Butterfly Art Circle
Lawrence House


06 Jun 2018 to 11 Jul 2018

JUL
11
2018
to
JUN
06
2018

Session 1:
This session was all about getting to know our creative artists as well as exploring colours and feelings and how they work together.

...


Zumba!

Lawrence House

24 May 2018 to 28 Jun 2018

JUN
28
2018
to
MAY
24
2018

The Zumba classes have come to an end, but we are looking forward to more body moving and shaking in the near future.

This is a short reflection o...


Harmony in Music
Lawrence House


07 Feb 2018 to 14 Mar 2018

MAR
14
2018
to
FEB
07
2018

Greg and Abraham from Harmony Music Foundation have been bringing magical beats to 15 children at Lawrence House. Each week they have been exploring a...


The Craft Within
Lourier Primary School


30 Oct 2017 to 27 Nov 2017

NOV
27
2017
to
OCT
30
2017

Lisa-Marie and Bonga will be inspiring 12 Grade Three learners from Lourier Primary School, to dream bigger and be better! Art is a powerful medium th...


Colour your Soul
Woodstock

Lawrence House

19 Oct 2017 to 23 Nov 2017

NOV
23
2017
to
OCT
19
2017

Our vibrant and enthusiastic volunteer, Lisa-Marie, is hosting a 4-part workshop on art with children from Lawrence House. Each week is themed and wil...


BEEing Art Circle
Lourier Primary School


10 Oct 2017 to 05 Dec 2017

DEC
05
2017
to
OCT
10
2017

Anja and Ursula have been having a wonderful time with 8 learners from Lourier Primary School. Each week, they tackle a new art medium and let the cre...


Butterfly Art Project
Lourier Primary School


21 Aug 2017 to 04 Sep 2017

SEP
04
2017
to
AUG
21
2017

Valry and the learners from Lourier had 3 exciting art sessions, before we had to sadly call an end to the Circle. We look forward to having Valry bac...


Beeing Inspired
Lourier Primary School


15 Aug 2017 to 26 Sep 2017

SEP
26
2017
to
AUG
15
2017

Each week, Anja and Ursula guided learners through a maze of brilliant and beautiful art techniques, to create various bags and art pieces. Not only i...


Shoot for the Stars!
Cafda Village

Lourier Primary School

16 May 2017 to 20 Jun 2017

JUN
20
2017
to
MAY
16
2017

Anja, who has been a longstanding team member of Sisanda FunDaytion, resigned earlier this year but promised to be back as a volunteer, and she certai...


Homework Circle
Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay

Sisterhood Girls

22 Jan 2017 to 13 Jul 2017

JUL
13
2017
to
JAN
22
2017

Who knew homework could be fun! A new Circle has started with 34 girls from the Sistahood in Imizamo Yethu. Malebo Malope is our very energetic and sk...


Sister- helping Sisters
Sea Point

Sisterhood Girls

08:00 - 10:00

OCT
15
2016

Many Thanks to Robyn who facilitates life style program to Sisterhood girls from Imizamo Yethu Hout Bay. Robyn programme helps these lovely girls to...


Laduma Early Childhood Development Circle
Mfuleni (Blue Downs area)

Masigcine Children's Home

22 Sep 2016 to 02 Dec 2016

DEC
02
2016
to
SEP
22
2016

In September we started a circle called Laduma at Masigcine Children's Home, based at Mfuleni in the Blue Downs area. The initial plan for this circle...


Yin Yang Yoga
SA Kinderhuis

SA Kinderhuis

02 Sep 2016 to 02 Sep 2016

SEP
02
2016
to
SEP
02
2016

Giving and receiving. Active versus passive. Mental Health and ... physical health. Yin and Yang - and YOGA!

A new Circle is about to launch: our f...


Exercising Sistahood #2
Corefit Centre, Regent Street, Seapoint

The Sistahood

26 Aug 2016 to 09 Dec 2016

DEC
09
2016
to
AUG
26
2016

We are happy to announce that last years successful Circle "Exercising Sistahood" is going into it's second round - as our fabulous No1 Fitness Instru...


1 ON 1 with the Edubox!
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary

24 Apr 2016 to 27 Nov 2016

NOV
27
2016
to
APR
24
2016

It's easy to fall behind at school - especially if your life-circumstances are challenging. Frances Cronje and Amanda Loudon, two lovely, warm-hearted...


Butterfly Art Circle
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary

11 Apr 2016 to 20 Jun 2016

JUN
20
2016
to
APR
11
2016

Sisanda FunDaytion is teaming up with a volunteer from the "Butterfly Art Project" (see also: http://www.butterflyartproject.org/). In a nutshell: But...


Public Speaking Circle
Lawrence House

Lawrence House

08 Apr 2016 to 12 Aug 2016

AUG
12
2016
to
APR
08
2016

Nathan Phillander, a 3rd Year Medicine (and 1st year Psychology) student at UCT has an interesting skill to share: Public Speaking! Nathan says that b...


Laduma Circle
Al Noor Orphanage Centre

Al Noor Orphanage Centre

18 Mar 2016 to 22 Apr 2016

APR
22
2016
to
MAR
18
2016

LADUMA is !Xhosa and translates into - GAMES.

Edward Tekwa is a Computer-Scientist with a passion for outdoor-games ... AND he likes volunteering f...


The Activity Leader Circle
Claremont Congregational Church and O'Brien's Recruitment

Community

08 Jan 2016 to 22 Jan 2016

JAN
22
2016
to
JAN
08
2016

Sisanda FunDaytion is all about recreational events at which inspiration, education, skills and above all 'love' is being shared! In order for these ...


Play it forward #4
Lourier Primary

Lourier Primary

19 Oct 2015 to 23 Nov 2015

NOV
23
2015
to
OCT
19
2015

For the first time in the Sisanda FunDaytion CIRCLE-History a volunteer has given her time for a full year! Julie "kicked off" her 4th round of "Play ...


Artists under construction
Al Noor Orphanage Centre

Al Noor Orphanage Centre

16 Oct 2015 to 11 Dec 2015

DEC
11
2015
to
OCT
16
2015

Thruworths is one of our most loyal funders. Not only do we receive generous monetary support from them, but their involved employees volunteer with u...


Corefit Pilates @ Ikhaya Lethemba #2
Ikhaya Lethemba, Imizamo Yethu

Ikaya Lethemba

15 Oct 2015 to 19 Nov 2015

NOV
19
2015
to
OCT
15
2015

Round two for Robyn Borowski's amazing Circle in Imizamo Yethu!

Our experienced volunteer Robyn and her crew of lovely friends and clients are cont...


Exercising Sistahood
202 Main Road, Seapoint

Sistahood, Imizamo Yethu

27 Aug 2015 to 26 Nov 2015

NOV
26
2015
to
AUG
27
2015

Sometimes the DOMINO-effect of random information is just delightful to witness!

At our very first Circle-meeting for Robyn Borowski's "Corefit Pil...


Play it forward #3
Lourier Primary School


17 Aug 2015 to 27 Sep 2015

SEP
27
2015
to
AUG
17
2015

Round 3 for Julie Frankenfeld's loved "Play it forward" Circle

A new group of 10 Grade 4 learners of Lourier Primary School will have the opportun...


Corefit Pilates @ Ikhaya le Themba
Imizamo Yethu

Imizamo Yethu

02 Jul 2015 to 24 Sep 2015

SEP
24
2015
to
JUL
02
2015

Our lovely volunteer Robyn Borowski is back - and with her comes the opportunity for up to 100 children from Ikhaya le Themba to get fit inside and ou...


Another One Song Circle - Ingoma Enye Esangqeni
Khayisa Church, Thambo Village

Izandla Zethemba & Khanyisa Youth

17 Jun 2015 to 12 Aug 2015

AUG
12
2015
to
JUN
17
2015

Last year our "One Song Circle" prepared a fundraising song which was showcased at the Kidd House Variety Concert at Bishops Diocesan College. We love...


I am cre8ive
Koeberg Primary

Koeberg Primary

27 Apr 2015 to 01 Jun 2015

JUN
01
2015
to
APR
27
2015

A little while ago we were told that non-privileged schools (have to) drop the subject "Art" before any other. Again on another occasion we heard that...


Play it forward # 2
Lourier Primary School

Lourier Primary School

20 Apr 2015 to 08 Jun 2015

JUN
08
2015
to
APR
20
2015

What a happy and incredible ROUND 2 of Julie's successful "Play it forward Circle!

The ten new and excited Grade 4 children from Lourier Primary h...


Play it forward!
Lourier Primary School, Cafda Village

Lourier Primary School

23 Feb 2015 to 23 Mar 2015

MAR
23
2015
to
FEB
23
2015

We are delighted to announce the beginning of a new Sisanda Circle and welcome Julie Frankenfeld to the Sisanda Family!

For the next 6 weeks, Julie...


InstaTrain Beach Bootcamp Circle
Camps Bay Beach

Salesian Institute

06 Aug 2014 to 01 Oct 2014

OCT
01
2014
to
AUG
06
2014

Cape Town is beautiful - and our new Circle volunteer Lee Thompson has chosen one of the most breath-taking sites as the venue for this new Sisanda Ci...


Corefit Pilates Circle #4
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Seapoint

Salesian Institute

03 Aug 2014 to 28 Sep 2014

SEP
28
2014
to
AUG
03
2014

Round 4 for Robyn and a new group of fitness-loving Salesian Girls!

From 4th August until 29th September, Robyn will meet this eager group once a w...


The One Song Circle
Khanyisa Church

Izandla Zethemba

13 Jul 2014 to 27 Aug 2014

AUG
27
2014
to
JUL
13
2014

Nonkululeko “Nkulee” Gwele's connection to Sisanda FunDaytion has gone the full circle!
From being a 17-year-old teenager taking part in and benefit...


Improv! Circle
Lawrence House, 25 Regent Street, Woodstock

Lawrence House (Scalabrini Group)

15 May 2014 to 19 Jun 2014

JUN
19
2014
to
MAY
15
2014

"What a hoot the Improv! Circle is promising to be" is how we described our expectations before this Circle started. Now we would like to add 3 more ...


Corefit Pilates Circle #3
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Seapoint

Salesian Institute

13 Apr 2014 to 22 Jun 2014

JUN
22
2014
to
APR
13
2014

Robyn Borowski's COREFIT PILATES CIRCLE continued into a successful round #3 - and what an amazing experience this has been!

The 10 girls from the ...


Drumming Circle
Salesian Institute

Salesian Institute

03 Mar 2014 to 25 May 2014

MAY
25
2014
to
MAR
03
2014

Mix 7 motivated pupils of the "School of Skills" from the Salesian Institute with a dedicated drummer from New York and you will get a stunning recipe...


Corefit Pilates Circle #2
Corefit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road Seapoint

Salesian Institute

09 Feb 2014 to 23 Mar 2014

MAR
23
2014
to
FEB
09
2014

Sisanda's Year of Circles has - indisputably - started on a strong leg! Robyn Borowski has entered her second round of the popular "Corefit Pilates C...


Corefit Pilates Circle - Session 4
Core Fit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Sea Point

Salesian Institute

19 Nov 2013 to 20 Nov 2013

NOV
20
2013
to
NOV
19
2013

We wish Robyn and her lovely group of Salesian Girls a fantastic and successful 4th and last session of the Corefit Pilates Circle this Wednesday, 20....


Corefit Pilates Circle
Core Fit Pilates Studio, 202 Main Road, Sea Point

Salesian Institute

10:00 - 11:00

OCT
29
2013

The 2013 taster of Robyn Borowsky's "Corefit Pilates Circle" started on Wednesday, 30th October 2013.

Over the next four weeks Robyn will give 6 te...


Are you ready? Circle #3
Practical School of Philosophy

Amy Biehl Foundation

11:00 - 13:00

AUG
02
2013

Suzanne is back for an extended version of "Are you ready"? More learning, more laughing, more communication ..
For more information on this valuabl...


Dance with Human Rights
Khanyisa Church and Claremont Congregational Church

Izandla Zethemba

13:50 - 16:50

JUL
03
2013

How better to end the first year of your new program "Sisanda Circles" than with the volunteer who started the program off in 2012!
We welcomed Zaki...


Do the right thing! Circle
Leliebloem House

Leliebloem House

12:45 - 15:45

JUN
04
2013

Wendy and Hannah McGregor are a Canadian mother&daughter Team who spent two weeks of their holiday volunteering in Cape Town. Wendy is an expert on “B...


Are you ready? Circle #2
Practical School of Philosophy

Emasithandane Home AND Leliebloem Home

12:30 - 15:30

MAY
17
2013

Since "Are you ready #1" was a real success and fulfilled an important need amongst the Youth, Suzanne von Klemperer decided to repeat her Circle - th...


Presentation Circle
Practical School of Philosophy

Lawrence House

12:15 - 15:15

MAY
03
2013

Having noticed a need for presentation skills during the "Are you ready" Circle, Suzanne decided to offer a short, but intensive Circle focusing on th...


Are you ready? Circle #1
Practical School of Philosophy

Lawrence House and St Georges Home for Girls

12:00 - 15:00

MAR
08
2013

Suzanne von Klemperer is a very involved volunteer “in her best years” as many would refer to those who left the working world behind them to enjoy li...


Ukufunda Circle
Ncedolwethu Educare Center

Mfuleni Community

11:50 - 14:50

FEB
26
2013

Ukufunda - "reading" in Xhosa - is the entrance into a world of exciting stories and interesting, valuable information. Once a week our lovely volunte...


Hiking with Lauren
Hiking trails all over Cape Town

St Georges Home for Girls

11:35 - 14:35

NOV
24
2012

Lauren Kaminskas has come from America and fell in love with our country. A few years back she successfully opened her own Hiking business “Mother Cit...


Rockstar Artwork Circle
Nazareth House

Nazareth House

11:15 - 14:15

NOV
06
2012

Lisa Othmer is our second Intern from overseas to start her own project through the Sisanda Circles. Inbetween finishing her matric and starting to st...


Zwelitsha Circle
Vrygrond Library

Vrygrond Community

11:35 - 14:35

OCT
02
2012

Zunaid Moola, an internationally educated South African with great experience of teaching others about the tapestry of our colourful country, was the ...


Dance with Zakiya
22 Dorothy Zihlangu St, Tambo Village

Izandla Zethemba

10:45 - 13:45

JUL
03
2012

Kickstarting our new Sisanda Circle programme, Zakiya Atkinson set the perfect precedent. Being a professional Dancer from America, she taught 20 Yout...


Zumba 2.0


to 01 Jan 1970

JAN
01
1970
to

Sania is back and ready to kick off another awesome Zumba circle with some energetic and wonderful children!...


Zumba Time!


to 01 Jan 1970

JAN
01
1970
to

Sania is back and ready to kick off her second Zumba Circle with some enthusiastic and energised children!...