Flower Valley provides home-based outreach services in Eluxolweni and Baardskeerdersbos. Children unable to attend Early Childhood Development centers are visited weekly by a fieldworker to engage in music, movement, story-telling and art. The parent or care-giver is also encouraged to engage with the child during this time to increase the interaction and stimulation when the fieldworker is not there.
Flower Valley fieldworker, Danielle Wolvaardt, says that, “People don’t realize the importance of child stimulation during their early developmental years.” Early years are the most important time for social and emotional development.
This year has been especially busy for the Flower Valley fieldworkers. Many children are not attending the ECD centers full time, due to the lock down restrictions, and this results in more young children being absorbed into the home-based outreach.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the local economy greatly, and families are struggling to provide nutritious food for their children. The Grootbos Foundation and Flower Valley teamed up to help address some of the nutritional needs through home-based outreach and has been very impactful and currently ongoing.
The generous donations by the Grootbos Foundation over the past 3 months enabled Flower Valley to distribute Pronutro and rice milk. This has supplemented the nutritional needs of 100 families within Eluxolweni and Baardskeerdersbos, specifically mothers with small babies and children older than one year. Food provision has been made possible by working together with amazing partners, such as the Grootbos Foundation, and shows incredible support towards the ECD sector during times of crisis.