Sikula Sonke Early Childhood Development is a community-based organisation which addressess the welfare of needy children hosted over two hundred women in an event aimed at motivating and empowering them with information.The event took place on Friday at the Masibambisane Hall in Harare, Khayelitsha.It was the first of its kind and saw women interacting and mingling with others about the challenges they face at chreeches.Winkie Cebisa said the organisation works mothers and the grandmothers of the children they look after.They have noticed that although some women possessed skills, they do not know how to develop them to generate income.“We want to empower them with information about where they can get skills so they can make a living. We are giving them hope and motivate them. Most of them are not unemployed and we aim to assist them with training on different projects such as farming, sewing, baking and other businesses. Our plan is to fight poverty in their homes. We want to see good change in their families. We want them to gain confidence,” Cebisa said.Pastor Sindiswa Daphula was one of the motivational speakers who shared her personal experience and how she graduated with a degree at 52-years-old.Daphula, of God’s Family Ministries, said she forged her way up became the first person to graduate in her family.She passed matric in 2010 and is now a registered social worker after graduating from University of South Africa (UNISA), in June this year.“I always encourage other women to not allow any circumstance to stop them from achieving their dreams. Never get comfortable in the position you hold right now. I am still going to continue with my studies at this age and I say to women they must also keep pushing forward,” she said.Daphula became a shool drop-out after falling pregnant with her son Siyabulela at the age of 17-years-old.She started Arise and Shine Educare Centre in Nkanini.Nosakhele Kholwane, 54, one of the women who attended the event said it was so informative.“It is so nice to be here, because it is a relief for most of us as we are facing serious challenges at our homes. We are much stressed, because of treatment that we get from our children. We keep quiet about it even though it is killing us inside. Sikhula Sonke teaches us many things and we now view life in different light. We get empowered with vital information and they organise workshops for us. They even teach us about how to treat our children,” Kholwane said.Zandile Noto, one of the motivational speakers, entertained the women with music and also shared her personal story of being abused by her former boyfriend when she was still high school.