Our volunteers are an amazing bunch of people without whom Sisanda FunDaytion could not exist! They are colourfully unique in their personalities, backgrounds, nationalities and ages, mirroring the diverse society we live in. They open-heartedly share their talents, passions and contagious laughter with some of Cape Town's most vulnerable children.
Presentations to the psychology students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and SA's future teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), has enabled us to expand our reach and involve young, dynamic volunteers in socially active and fun activities. It is however justas nice for us to see some volunteers who have “grown up with us” (the word “older” just doesn't capture their young-at-heart personalities) at both our Fun Days and Circles.
In 2012 we welcomed our first two international Interns, who transpired to be very special volunteers. Zakiya from America found her way to us through Connect 123 (www.connect-123.com). Apart from her energetic Dance Circle, Zakiya proved to be a fantastic writer (please see her articles on her time here in SA on our website). Lisa Othmer (lovingly nick-named Lisa G – for German - and “yes” she does everything with that German precision :) is a perfect example of the impact of “word-of-mouth”. After finding us she joined us in many Fun Days, ran her own Circle and reminded us of some valuable insights of being a volunteer. We are sad to say goodbye to Lisa G but look forward to welcoming many more interns in the future.
At Sisanda we are so fortunate to be surrounded by this kind of magic: the little hand that shyly (or not so shyly) slips into the bigger one, the sparkle in a child’s eye at having understood something, the smile that bursts into a laugh. It isn't by chance that “volunteering” has been described as“Love in action”. So come and join us or help us spread the word!