About Us

Our mandate is to:

  • Enable the Municipality, Province, NGOs & communities to increase service delivery to children through an effective and integrated local system of child care and support
  • To influence policy and programmatic interventions aimed at reducing the vulnerability of children on a sustainable basis.

The Kago Ya Bana (KYB) initiative was launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Hollard Foundation, the Midvaal local Municipality, the Gauteng Department of Health & Social Development and later the Department of Education in the Midvaal Local Municipality, which forms part of the Sedibeng District.  

By “enabling children to reach their full potential”, Kago Ya Bana has become an integral part of the landscape of the Midvaal Local Municipality.

The KYB programme emerged because we didn’t want to just donate money to improve education. Rather, we wanted to improve child development by adopting a longer-term, progressive approach in partnership with all those involved in the development of children.  

While the initial objective was to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on orphans and vulnerable children, it soon became clear that there was a distinct lack of formal early childhood development (ECD) services in poorer townships and informal settlements. Childcare services that did exist, such as informal crèches, didn’t meet municipal requirements and standards. Despite this, many of them continued to operate because of the overwhelming demand for childcare.

In 2009, KYB consolidated its focus on the “foundation years” – children between 0 and 9 years old. Our specific intentions were:

  • to improve child wellbeing indicators (nutrition, growth and cognitive stimulation)
  • to improve infrastructure to meet the municipality bylaws and Social Development norms and standards
  • to build capacity of practitioners and improve access for all children, including those outside the centres
  • to set a mechanism for improved collaboration among all stakeholders

The Day Mother Model was developed as an alternative model to find those children not reached by ECD centres. It was also intended as a way of overcoming the challenges of limited funding and infrastructure.

Today, the KYB programme focuses on ECD services, working formally with the local municipality, communities for children between 0-4 years and with the Education Department for children from 5-9 years. This very successful prototype is one we hope to see replicated in other municipalities in the district, and eventually nationwide.

Want to know more? Read more about the Day Mother Model or contact us.