In 2011, MCC initiated the ‘Khanyisa’ – ‘to raise awareness or enlighten’ – Non-Centre Based ECD Programme in Mpophomeni. The success of this programme has resulted in its expansion to Bruntville. The local municipalities, namely, Mpofana and uMngeni, are both challenged by high unemployment, poverty and limited access to basic services.
The purpose of the programme is to provide access to early learning opportunities to young children (0 – 4 years) who do not attend crèche or pre-school. Support is also provided to caregivers. Approximately 250 families and 300 children are reached each year. It involves a holistic approach that takes into account the various needs of children and their families, including their emotional well-being, health, nutrition, documentation and education.
A community committee is elected comprising ward councillors, members of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Community Caregivers and representatives of the Department of Social Development. The committee plays an important role in selecting the families and Family Community Motivators (FCMs) and in guiding the roll-out of the programme.
One of the key priorities of MCC is effective monitoring and evaluation that enables accurate measurement of impact to ensure that the goals and objectives of the programme are achieved. As with the Mobile Laboratory Project, this real-time data capture solution greatly improves the monitoring and evaluation capabilities and enhances reporting to stakeholders and donors.