Thank you for raising more than R100-thousand for the children in our community!

We salute the runners who participated in the 2021 Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge to raise funds for the Community Chest. You can be proud of your efforts as your contribution enables us to continue providing vital help to our 42 Early Childhood Development centres – one of which is the Siyakwazi Resource centre, on the South Coast of Durban.

It is a community-based organisation, which supports children under the age of 7 years old with disabilities and barriers to learning. These children are at greater risk of being marginalised by their communities and mainstream education systems.

They operate on the basis that every child has a right to education and health and pride themselves in the ethos that every child can learn. The team at Siyakwazi provides individual educational support which aims to strengthen early stimulation and learning. Their work in the community includes raising awareness and reducing stigma. They also strive to empower and equip parents and guardians.

Gordon McDonald, Director of the Durban Community Chest, visited Siyakwazi Resource centre recently.  One of the therapists expressed to him, “Before working with Siyakwazi the mom kept her daughter behind closed doors for 5 years. Some people in the neighbourhood didn’t know that her child was living with disability.

Now with support from Siyakwazi her child is able to attend the Early childhood development centre, receive therapy, socialise with other children and explore many things she didn’t know before.  The mom is now able to talk about her child’s disability and share her challenges with others”.  

To assist with learning at home, Siyakwazi Resource Centre provides a bag with educational toys to children aged 0-2 years of age. The bags cost R 300 each and the centre only have 50 bags, but 100 children that require them.  Thanks to support such as yours, Community Chest was able to assist by providing a few more bags. 

We are proud to working with credible organisations which make a real difference right here in our community.

If you would like to join us in ensuring that all children are able to read and write contact the Community Chest of Durban – Fadeela (031) 3033890 – or Pietermaritzburg – Angie (033) 3941031 –