Changing the trajectory of young lives

The Western Cape has an estimated 102 000 births each year. Sadly, over half of these children are born into circumstances of poverty, food insecurity and adversity which negatively impact on their development and future success.

At Common Good, we’re passionate about impacting these – the very youngest and most vulnerable members of our society – by equipping and empowering churches to support mothers, fathers, and caregivers to provide the necessary building block of love, nutrition, stimulation, health and safety during this critical phase of life.

Early Life Report

Watch our video introduction and invitation to Early Life events happening across the city this May.


Research Feedback Events

Common Good invites you to an interactive research feedback discussion which explores how the church is uniquely positioned and equipped to meaningfully impact the trajectory of young lives.

8 May Rondebosch Common Ground Church 18:30 – 21:00 BOOK
9 May Vredelust Gemeente, Bellville 10:00 – 12:00 BOOK
15 May The Bay Community Church, Capricorn 18:00 – 20:30 BOOK
17 May The Great Commission, Khayelitsha 10:00 – 12:00 BOOK
18 May Groote Kerk Sentrum, City bowl 18:30 – 21:00 BOOK

What specific role can the local church play in supporting the first thousand days of life?

In 2017, we embarked on a rigorous, year-long research project that sought to answer this question. We engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders, from church pastors and denominational leaders, to laity, NGO practitioners, and experts in the field of FTD. Nearly 200 participants took part in the research process, which included workshops, interviews, an online survey, and a literature review.

The final report aims to assist local churches in responding to this crucial life phase, and will shape Common Good’s Early Life initiatives in the years to come.

Research Participants
Mothers in Community Workshops
Church Survey Respondents
Experts & practitioners

National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy Republic of South Africa, 2015

Investing early is essential for the future of the youngest children and the future of society as a whole.

The first thousand days of a child’s life, from conception to two years old,  is a critically sensitive period of rapid growth and change. This window of development sets the foundation for a child to reach his or her potential. Optimal development depends on the availability of supportive and nurturing environments in the earliest months and years of a child’s life.

There is overwhelming evidence that the first thousand days provides both a challenge and a powerful and transformational opportunity to improve the well-being and long-term life prospects of the most vulnerable children in society.