Turning Point for Khula Kahle Mntwana Project Home Visitors.

Working in TVT’s KKM Project was a turning point for home visitors

The Khula Kahle Mntwana (KKM) team of home visitors together with the project coordinator reflected on how working for this project has impacted their parenting styles.  They all agreed that they have benefited by learning to apply useful ways of helping their children to grow well. These are captured in the following quotes.

  1. Nhlakanipho Dlamini lives in Molweni and started working in the KKM project in 2016. He said, “Children at home come running to welcome me when I arrive at home and this was not the case before I started working in the KKM project. Now I am happy to stay at home with children when other adults are away”. He concluded by saying, “I am now ready to be a parent”.
  2. Samkelo Fakazi lives in Molweni and started working in the KKM project in 2016. He said, “I have become a teacher of good parenting techniques to my siblings”.
  3. Masiza Xaba is a mother of three children and a caregiver of two orphans. She lives in Embo and started working in the KKM project in 2016. She said, “I breast fed all my children that were born after I started working in KKM whereas those that were born prior were never breastfed as I was not aware of the benefits of breast feeding then. Furthermore, I have stopped hitting my children because of what I have learned as a KKM home visitor”.
  4. S’nethemba Dlamini is a mother of two children. She lives in Lower Molweni and started working in the KKM project in 2016. She said, “When people compare the way I treated my first child who was born long before and the second child that was still young when I started working in KKM, they think that my second child is a favourite and that is not true. The truth is that I have learned to do things differently and thanks to KKM teachings. Furthermore, my second child has become a teacher to other children in crèche because of what I have taught her at home.”
  5. Londiwe Zulu is a mother of one child and caregiver of three children. She lives in KwaNgcolosi and started working in the KKM project in 2015. she said, “I have learned that parenting is about love and not only about providing material things. I have found spending time with my children to be therapeutic”.
  6. Zopiwo Mbambo lives in Eshowe, KwaNgcolosi. She started working in the KKM project in July 2015. She is a mother of a six-year-old girl child. Zopiwo said, “Unlike my parents that were very secretive and not communicating with us as children, I am open to my child and she talks to me freely as a result”.
  7. Zanele Bhengu is a mother of one child and caregiver of four children. She lives in KwaNgcolosi and started working in the KKM project in 2014. She said, “My child did not attend crèche but I taught her from home. As a result, she has become a teacher to other children. I have become a teacher to all children in my extended family. I am equipped and enabled by KKM teachings to better manage being a single parent. I don’t take my frustrations out on the children”.
  8. Zanele Ngcobo is a mother of four children. She lives in Embo and started working in the KKM project in 2013. She said, “I taught my child that I am her first friend. I have taken the responsibility of ensuring that family members and cousins do have IDs”.
  9. Bajabulile Msomi is a mother of six children. She lives in Embo and started working in the KKM project in 2013 said, “If it was not for KKM teachings, I would have heavily punished my daughter who fell pregnant while still young and unmarried. I would not have even wanted to touch her child.But the project has softened my heart and I love my grandson very much”.
  10. Samukelisiwe Zulu is a mother of one child and caregiver of six children. She lives in KwaNgcolosi and started working in the KKM project in 2016. She said, “I come from a family that focuses on providing material things for children. I have become an advocate for children rights in the family. I have taught my child to love books and as a result, she likes to teach other kids”.
  11. Hlengiwe Ngcobois a mother of three children. She lives in KwaNgcolosi and started working in the KKM project in 2016. She said, “KKM taught me to always have the best interest of my child. I speak openly with them, motivate and teach them about values and my wishes for their future.”

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