Our toy library project in South Africa is delivered in partnership with government and NGO partners. Using the existing infrastructure of our Mobile Clinics, the project brings early childhood development services and support sessions for parents to 35 remote villages. We recently collaborated with the Department of Health, Cotlands and eDumbe Municipality – through its Sukuma Sakhe initiative – to launch another mobile toy library in eDumbe, Zululand district. This brings the number of mobile toy libraries supported to five. The eDumbe arm of the project is expected to reach some 207 children under the age of five at 27 sites in remote areas.
The project is aligned with the National Early Childhood Development Policy (2015) and the National Development Plan 2030, which recognise that all young children in South Africa have a right to receive early ECD services to ensure their optimal development. In addition, it contributes to the UN SDGs 3 and 4: Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.