We connect different ages, backgrounds and cultures and facilitate CONNECTION AND LEARNING THROUGH PLAY.
We facilitate children to connect with their families in the Play@Home programme, with their communities through our Circles Programme and with their broader South African family through our Fun Day programme.
Through our Play Ambassador and Volunteer programmes we enable youth and adults to build themselves and
to share their time and life learnings to impact children lives.
Hear what Puleng has to say about her experience
Our youth empowerment programme supports young people to become positive role models who use play to uplift their communities. Youth from the communities we work in apply to participate in a journey of personal development and to become a Sisanda Play Ambassador.
They learn how to deliver our Play programmes to positively influence the children and families in their community while developing the skills of an inspiring and confident peer supporter and leader.
Connecting us all through a full day of fun.
Since 2009 and we have been creating monthly EXPLOSIONS of fun!!! Children and volunteers from different backgrounds and cultures are united through Play, Fun, and New experiences, enabling the breakdown of prejudices and barriers and a chance to explore the world.
A full day experience is arranged in areas of natural beauty or at locations that are generally difficult for many children to access. We include visits to cultural events and unique places of interest. Children’s home, community centres and NGO’s work with us to identify children who would benefit from a day out.
Periodically bringing the fun to children in convalescent homes and hospitals has also bought a smile to many children’s faces.
Volunteers are partnered with 2 - 4 children for the day to co-create a fun, safe and shared learning experience. Volunteers are 16 and over and sign declarations for child protection. Detailed information on their role is provided before the day and they need to arrange their own transport to and from the location which changes every Fun Day but is within Cape Town.
Fun Days Overview
"It was my fIirst time in the garden"
"I learnt I could do art. I didn’t think I could"
"We had fun meeting new people"
"We learnt kindness and respect of others"
"I believe this gave the children a chance to forget about their problems for a few hours.
It allowed them to explore and not to be surrounded by stress,
and it changed how I view the things I have. I have so much to be grateful for."
Connecting families through play
This 8 week programme facilitates bonding of families and enhances interaction and connection across generations through the use of Play. Play is not comfortable for everyone. But learning to laugh and enjoy spending time together can deepen relationships, love and understanding of each other. The Play@home programme helps families to shake off inhibitions and to get silly together and helps expose the joy of getting to know each other.
Sisanda Play Ambassadors guide families in their community on interactive play and provide tips to create a healthy habit of quality family time. They visit weekly to provide Sisanda Play Sheets and give suggestions on how to engage the whole family and to empower adults to strengthen family relationships.
“What you guys are doing is very helpful and it does make the difference in one’s family. We are now able to talk about our emotions and important things we never spoke about before."
"The activities helped me understand the things they like and the things they don’t like.”
"Ever since he joined the programme it helped him to keep focus on school work."
"My kids were very violent towards other kids and ever since this programme they became respectful and nice and always playing and fun"
"Playing together has made us more open about talking to help each other."
"Having fun time with the family is the best thing ever. It has bought us together, there is less fighting now."
A quick word from our Play Ambassador
Connecting in small groups to have stimulating learning experiences
Passionate volunteers and Play Ambassadors often want to do more, to connect more often, to have a greater impact on our South African children.
It's not always easy to know how. We use our connections, resources and energy to catalyse action and facilitate a successful experience for everyone involved.
Since 2013, we have worked closely with volunteers and community oganisations to offer Pilates, Dancing, Boot Camps, Drama Classes, Anti-bullying Sessions, Soft Skills training, Art Classes, Singing, Drumming and Storytelling, to name a few.