It starts with us, we are building our own.
What is Sakha Esethu?
Sakha Esethu is a movement developed by concerned mothers, teachers and various other care givers who participate in dialogue and conversation about child health and development. The name of the movement can be translated from Xhosa as “It starts with us, we are building our own.”
How did Sakha Esethu develop?
The idea emerged as part of a conversation with local volunteers who work with children in Nelson Mandela Bay. They realised that they could, with the support of a trained mentor, share valuable messages on relevant health topics amongst one another.
What are they discussing?
They discuss prevention of HIV in adults and babies, challenges concerning breastfeeding, child health, growth and development, hygiene in poor households and how people can support one another. They believe that conversation leads to learning.
Our children are our future
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, community members, nurses and health workers… anyone interacting with children can play a role in the health development of a child.