During the early years of life, stimulating play activities give young children the best possible chance of reaching healthy brain development. Yet, millions of South African children in disadvantaged communities, particular those with disabilities, are deprived of these critical experiences.
Through our recycling journey, the unemployment situation of people with disabilities and their families and the plight of children living in poverty, the Clothes to Good 123 ECD project was born.
To re-affirm that people with disabilities are contributing members of society and to tackle this challenge by creating sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities through innovate use of recycled items to make a difference in the lives of children.
To produce affordable, high quality, educational toys (but also soft toys, mats and pencil bags), stimulating intellectual and physical development in children, including those living with disabilities, produced by an integrated team of able-bodied people and people with disabilities.
To create positive change in the field of early childhood development by (ECD) through toys reaching as many children, parents and educators as possible and collaborating with government and ECD services.
To recycle unusable clothes and other items for environmental and social impact.
To achieve multi-level impact, through a simple, structured project and teaching people inside (and outside) our organisation to have a do what you can with what you have attitude.
The 123 ECD toolkit consists of 50 educational activities/resources made mostly from recyclable materials. These activities/resources were developed by an occupational and speech therapist and aim to stimulate and develop the following developmental areas:
These toolkits are provided to care-givers in informal ECD centres. An important part of this project involves training for care-givers in the form of a one day, hand-on training workshops with the following goals in mind:
Care-givers are provided with an easy to read instructional manual which has been written as a on how to use each resource/activity.
To participate, please email Tebello on email@example.com or call 012 663 4168 to arrange a meeting with our team at your school or business.
You are also welcome to call Jesse on (+27) 74 242 7414 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org unpack the impact of the programme.
We do not charge to participate. Clothes to Good provides recycling bags and collects the full bags from the school/business. Schools and Business print their own principal letters and flyers.