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When you care for families with children in their First Thousand Days of life, you create opportunities for greatness to grow and thrive in our nation.

By the time a child reaches two years of age, their brain will be 80% of its adult size. The time from conception to two years is one thousand days: a never-to-be-repeated time of development. When children get what they need in this time, they will be on the path to reaching their God-given potential. But parents and caregivers face many challenges and might not be able to consistently provide what baby needs. What parents and caregivers need is support from a community. This is our big idea: the church is ideally positioned and equipped to strengthen and care for families so they can give the care that baby needs.


Sikunye has turned 5!

2024 marks five years of Sikunye giving children a strong start to life. In partnership with many others, we have over 1170 churches that have committed themselves to caring for families. These are spread all over South Africa (and some beyond) and have a reach of 12000 families. We recently captured our journey in our five year celebration. You can watch that here. We are grateful to many people for contributing to our story. We are in this together.

Read more in our five year report.

Everyone has a part to play

It takes more than a single parent or caregiver to raise a child – it takes us all.  If you are a church leader, you have a powerful role in building a church community that supports families with young children. If you are a church member, there are so many ways you can be part of caring for families. Be part of the modern-day village around families.

The Church & Early Life

If you want to hear more about the opportunity the local church has, join us for our Church & Early Life webinar. You will meet members of the Sikunye team, better understand the First Thousand Days and what you can be doing to support and strengthen families.

Want to get started? Then Commit your Church.


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