COVID-19 and the lockdown in South Africa has had an enormous impact on children and young people. Stress, anxiety and resulting mental health issues have broken down relationships leaving so many already vulnerable children isolated, scared and at risk during a crucial developmental stage in their lives.
In these times an accomplished strategy is connecting through PLAY. This is equally effective for both children and adults. ‘Play can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain’.
Additionally children learn to understand the world through PLAY, and as the LEGO foundation explains ‘Playing together helps to improve social skills and the ability to empathize with others. These experiences will bring you even closer.’
Sisanda FunDaytion believes in ‘Connecting through Play’. Co-creating spaces to connect, we bring joy, grow confidence and communication skills. We build curiosity, creativity and empathy.
We are proud to report that this past quarter we created another 30 opportunities to connect through stories. A Fun Day Outing for 45 people to explore and connect and we initiated a journey for 35 families to connect though Play@home.
For more See our March 2021 Newsletter