Siyakwazi began in 2011 through working alongside Masakhane, a locally based community care centre that made referrals into homes of children with disabilities.
Recognising a need to provide specialised services for children with disabilities, Siyakwazi was formed in 2013 to provide inclusive services for all children within ECD centres, support to families through home-based programmes as well as support for local schools. Programmes were established within the community and later, in 2018, a resource centre was built which would become the heart of all our work and activities.
Today our programmes involve Inclusion and School Readiness in an effort to support every child reach their full potential.
Underlying What We Do
WE BELIEVE THAT ‘ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN’
EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION
USE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES
WORKING TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
The area our programmes are based is amongst the poorest and most under-resourced in KZN: the average annual household income is R14 600 which is half the amount compared to average for KZN. Only 26,4 % of adults are employed and 27.2% have a matric or higher level of education despite the high levels of school attendance at 92,5%.
Our work therefore aims to address a community need for employment and upskilling. Our team consist of Siyasizas (translated form isiZulu as ‘we support’). All our Siyasizas live within the area that they support and develop relationships within the community. Some of our Siyasizas are people with disabilities, whilst others have members of their family who have disabilities and in some cases have children with disabilities supported by Siyakwazi. It is through this approach that we are able to build a model of advocacy and holistic inclusive support.