A time for reflection and celebration

It was a long-awaited goal of ours to bring all of our ECD Network members together in one place for a celebration. After expanding out of our long held home of UGU district into Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala districts we have not managed to get members together in one place. Until now, and what a […]

Implementing the Social Employment Fund

Over the last few months, we have been incredibly busy implementing our Social Employment Fund (SEF) project, after being selected as a strategic implementation partner by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Under this fund, teachers who previously earned close to nothing while working at unfunded Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will receive a monthly income […]

DUPLO to remote and under resourced ECD Centres

During 2021 Impande distributed DUPLO play and learn boxes to 150 ECD centres in WM Mandela Municipality in partnership with to Zero2Five.  After seeing the difference DUPLO made at ECD centres that had nothing, we engaged with Care for Education to scale up the project. To our delight they shared our vision of reaching remote […]

Expanding our reach

Impande is currently expanding operations to 2 new Municipalities – Umzimkhulu in the Harry Gwala District of KwaZulu-Natal and Ntabankulu in the Alfred Nzo District of the Eastern Cape. Both areas have high levels of poverty and unemployment, poor infrastructure and low levels of economic growth. Impande believes that the most effective developmental approach is […]

Community Surveys

December 2021 newsletter Impande recently did a community survey to ascertain what percentage of the child population would typically be reached through an ECD support programme. Our fieldworkers were assigned to the task and Ward 17 was selected in mBizana Municipality in the Alfred Nzo District of the Eastern Cape. This area is the poorest […]

Building Dreams: Sibambesene ECD Centre

Drive approximately 30km on dirt road north of Dududu, hugging the Umkomazi river as it snakes it way through the valley and you will arrive at Ntshaseni area. It’s at least a 3-hour drive from Port Shepstone although referred to as ‘inland’ from Scottburgh. Here the new site of Sibambesene ECD Centre greets you. “Wow, […]

On the Ground Collecting ECD Data

There are a huge number of ECD centres in rural communities that function in isolation. In general, they are started up by women who decide they can do something positive for the children in their area. They start with what they have   which is usually a building that doesn’t meet minimum norms and standards […]

Psychosocial Support in ECD

For the first months of 2021, Impande’s helpdesk and field workers focused on providing ECD stimulus support to Centres. In April, the monthly Learning Groups started again for the first time since November 2020. Knowing the toll that the pandemic has had on ECD practitioners and children, it was decided that the focus for Term […]

ECD Practitioners go the extra mile

Thuli is the founder of Masibambisane ECD Centre in the kwaMadlala Area. Over the years and especially during lockdown Thuli realised that most home environments in her community do not have enough resources or means to support the growth and development of children. Parents need support since some of them are working. Thuli started to […]

ECD Profiling Bizana

This year we expanded our ECD network to Bizana Municipality in Alfred Nzo District of the Eastern Cape. When we begin work in a new area our first aim is to make sure we reach all ECD services. Once we have a complete database of existing services, we support centres through our network meetings and […]