At Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) the majority of work focuses on capacity building and mentoring facilitators from partner organisations and government departments. Our key role is to ensure facilitators are confident in delivering the Sinovuyo programme as well as ensuring that the implementation over a period of time contributes to behaviour change.
Therefore, it was a privilege for the organisation to be invited to speak at the Gauteng Family Day on 15 July in Pretoria. Spearheaded by Dr Emmi Muleya, at the Gauteng Department of Social Development, parents and implementors were brought together to celebrate the valuable role that parents and caregivers play in the lives of their children and communities.
Smiling faces and stories of hope were shared by parents who had found such a diverse way of using the skills and knowledge shared through parenting programmes. This for CWBSA makes it all worthwhile.
As one parent said: " The calm, relief and positive feelings I felt after sessions, the feeling of not being alone, helped me at home to be able to support my children in a myriad of ways I had not previously done." As we SAPPIN members know, parents who can self-care and be able to spend some time with their children or teens at home, are already halfway on the journey.