The local church and the first thousand days of a child’s life

The local church and the first thousand days of a child’s life: A mixed methods study from South Africa

by Ruth Edith Lundie, Deborah Merle Hancox August 2020

Whilst there is a growing body of research indicating the life-long significance of the first thousand days (F1000D) in a person’s life, there is currently limited research regarding the church’s understanding and support of this critical period for human health and wellbeing. Exploratory research was therefore conducted by a Cape Town faith-based organization seeking preliminary answers to the question: What is the specific contribution a local church can make in support of the first thousand days (conception to 2 years) of a child’s life in Cape Town, South Africa?