This Mandela Day it's all about creating meaningful learning opportunities through play.
So why not have fun – and give a fun filled playful learning and developmental experience to a child at one of our centres?
Children growing up in poverty don't only suffer from hunger. They also lack appropriate opportunities to learn through play. But learning through play is just as crucial to a child's development trajectory.
Through stacking, building blocks, threading and sorting, children learn how things work and understand the world around them. Puzzles stimulate the thought process, and fine motor games, like beading and threading, are essential to physical development and many other skills that children need to develop to prepare a solid foundation.
That's why we're asking you to donate a toy this Mandela Day, to help us create toy 'libraries' at each of our centres.
Educational toys are best: puzzles, board games, building blocks, magnifying glasses, counters, skipping ropes, balls, buckets, spades and playmats; books as well as stationery items like crayons, pencils, scissors, paper and play dough.
From 10 am on Thursday 18 July, please drop into our centre in Alexandra or Zolo, Soweto. Bring your toy and spend some time interacting and engaging with the children. We have selected a number of well supervised and guided activities that will give you quality time with the children in our centres.
Volunteers are also needed to help serve the children's lunch from 12.00 to 13.00. Please bring along non-preishable food items or kitchen utensils. Click here for our full Wish List.
If you can't join us on the day, please consider making a cash donation towards food and toys for our centres.
For more information and directions to our centres, please phone Bertha on 011 839 2630 or email Bertha@acfs.org.za
Together, we can keep alive Nelson Mandela's compassion for children born into a life of poverty, neglect and hunger.