Sappin’s growth over 2023 does not end with our legal registration and growth of the Board. We are delighted to announce that two new members, The Do More Foundation and CABC, have registered to join our organization.
The DO MORE FOUNDATION is a South African non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of young children and their families through partnerships and collective impact.
Serving as a "backbone organization," it facilitates national programs focused on nutrition, early learning, and parent/caregiver support. The foundation implements community development initiatives to bring about systemic change by providing a comprehensive set of services aligned with the National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy. Through collaboration with government, businesses, and non-profits, the foundation advocates for young children and addresses complex issues with dynamic, collaborative solutions.
One of its initiatives, the "EAT LOVE PLAY TALK" (ELPT) Parent Education Programme, engages ECD principals and practitioners in facilitating interactive sessions with parents and caregivers, addressing themes like healthy eating, building loving relationships, playful learning, and language development. The program employs a train-the-trainer model, using culturally appropriate materials to encourage small habit changes and healthier nutrition choices, ultimately fostering positive behavioural change in South African households with young children.
The representative of Do More for SAPPIN is Jessica, who is eager to get involved and has shown interest in the research component as well as the Free to Grow programme.
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC) was established to track and counter mis and disinformation, fake news, and divisive rhetoric that is promulgated online to undermine social cohesion, democratic integrity, and the stability of nation-states.
CABC runs the heCareZA program, which is an innovative and groundbreaking programme aimed at disrupting the harmful narratives that perpetuate intergenerational violence in South Africa. They know that “hurt people, hurt people'' (attributed to Charles Eads, 1959). Therefore, rather than trashing men, they focus on fostering constructive relationships with men, engaging them as allies, and training them in dialogue facilitation to dismantle discrimination at scale on social media and beyond.
The representative of CABC for SAPPIN will be Rinchen Van Rijswijk. Rinchen has already started to use her knowledge and skills to support SAPPIN with the Fatherhood Workshop.
SAPPIN welcomes both organisations to the network and looks forward to working with them.