Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Kwakhanya- Moving from Darkness into Light

Helen Lieberman, Founder of Ikamva Labantu, ( in green) with Barbara Stemmert, Programme Head
Africa Melane, MC, with Patricia De Lille, Key Note Speaker
Kathryn Torres from Shine and Janine Van Stalk, Director of  Ikamva labantu

Karin van Zweeden from Stichting Elf ( Sole Funder)  and Mama Guma, ECD Founder, Ikamva Labantu with friends
The ululation of scores of women was cause for goose-bumps on Friday morning. Every time someone was introduced to present the beautiful journey of the organisation Ikamva Labantu, the singing started: the ladies took centre-stage. Which was fitting, as the concept for Kwakhanya has been inspired by the women of the community. For Helen Lieberman, the Founder of Ikamva Labantu, the new centre is possibly the culmination of her life's work. The centre is set to create and nurture cutting-edge care from pre-birth onwards. A world class facility, in the heart of Khayelitsha has been created. Mothers' groups, a pre-school, parent training and teacher and community worker training is happening, daily. This holistic approach could be the answer to the dire education situation in this country. By starting early, at grass roots, amongst the vulnerable, this centre is truly a way to manifest the vision of moving from 'darkness into light.' We salute you, Ikamva.