connect, care, thrive

We are Christ-followers who are passionate about the church playing a significant role in the First Thousand Days (FTD) of a child’s life. Our vision is for a society in which families across South Africa are strengthened and supported to provide their children with a strong start in life.

Sikunye means ‘we are together’ in isiXhosa and reminds us of how it takes more than parents alone to nurture young life.

It takes a village to raise a child, and so Sikunye seeks to inspire, mobilise and equip the church to support parents, caregivers and families to provide nurturing care for their children in the First Thousand Days of life, so that they can thrive and reach their God-given potential.

What Sikunye offers

We spread the big idea

through presentations and events aimed at helping people see the opportunity of the First Thousand Days and the unique role that the church can play in supporting families.

We equip

members of the church community to take active steps in caring for families in the First Thousand Days. We provide training, as well as resources to ensure that every church that is part of the Sikunye network is equipped to serve families well.

We support

churches that are part of the Sikunye network through events and coaching. We journey with churches as they connect with families.

An initiative of Common Good

Sikunye is an initiative of Common Good – a South African NGO founded by Common Ground church in 2005. We create opportunities for those marginalised by poverty and injustice to reach their full, God-given potential, and mobilise the church to engage and act justly.

Common Good focuses on three key stages of human development, when the opportunity to nurture intrinsic potential is most significant: Early Life, Education and Employment. Find out more about Common Good’s work.

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