Change that transforms. Impact that lasts.

We were founded in 2005 by Common Ground Church, and are an independent and registered non-profit. Based in Cape Town, we impact thousands of lives across South Africa each day. With a view of a whole person, and indeed a whole life time, the change that we work to bring about as we address systemic challenges in our society is holistic, deep and long-lasting.

We live in a country where up to 50% of children in their First Thousand Days of life don’t receive enough of the love, stimulation, safety, healthcare and nutrition that they need to thrive, where 3 out of 4 grade 4 learners can’t read for meaning, and where 46.6% of South Africa’s working age population is unemployed, including many who have given up hope of finding work. Our nation’s past echoes into our current reality where inequality continues to trap people in cycles of poverty, excluding them from opportunities to re-write the narrative of their lives. This is a great injustice.

our vision

We see a society where individuals, communities and The Church are living and acting justly resulting in the transformation of people marginalised by injustice.

early life

There is overwhelming evidence that the First Thousand Days of life determines the long-term prospects of the most vulnerable children in society. By equipping caregivers, parents and support networks to provide the crucial building blocks necessary for healthy physical, emotional and intellectual development, we can change the trajectory of young lives forever.

education

We believe that children in no-fee paying schools have the right to excellent education. Through a growing network of schools we seek to ignite and nurture potential, and work from within the system to provide good governance and management in at-risk schools.

employment

Close to half of our population is crippled by unemployment. Of those, the majority are also unemployable – lacking the skills they need to seek and find reliable work. Our Work Readiness training equips graduates with the confidence and skills they need to become economically active.

congregational support

Our work also focuses on encouraging and equipping churches to embrace a lifestyle of justice. We develop resources, offer courses and host events that encourage ordinary Christians to grapple with and respond to issues of diversity and inequality
in our city.

our values

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families in the First Thousand Days being supported by 582 churches in Sikunye’s nationwide network since 2019
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learners who have received improved instruction in three schools in Bonteheuwel and Hout Bay since 2019
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graduates from The Zanokhanyo’s Work Readiness course since 2019

MANAGEMENT & GOVERNANCE

Common Good is led by a management team of development specialists who have experience in both the corporate and NGO sectors, locally and internationally. With our track record of impact, robust governance practices and solid financial management structures, Common Good is a trusted NGO and development partner working primarily in the Western Cape, South Africa. We have received clean, professional audits year on year since inception and we have proudly maintained Level 1 B-BBEE status*.

To achieve the greatest impact we regularly partner with church networks, other NGOs and the government sector to create ecosystems that will drive scalable change. Furthermore, we are endorsed and supported by a loyal base of funding organisations including CAF America, private enterprises and individual donors.

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*Qualifying criteria for Level1 B-BBEE: 75% or more beneficiaries are black South Africans