Mandela Day 2018

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done.

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

In celebration of Mandela Day, IAHV in partnership with United Technical Equipment Company (Pty) Ltd (Utec) together with volunteers assisted in packaging 1000 hampers which were distributed to the needy. Approximately 6000 people benefited from receiving the hampers.

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Helping the needy this cold winter as the mid-winter freeze deepens by donating blankets, scarves and beanies to various disadvantaged communities, street kids and shelters.

On the morning of 23rd June 2018 volunteers from Lenasia donated ± 130 blankets to the elderly in the community of Newclare, Johannesburg. We started with some lovely short yoga warm-ups and ended with a peace prayer in the warm, open sunshine.

Blankets were also donated to the homeless in the Lenasia CBD area. The homeless sleep in the open at night using cardboard and plastic to keep themselves warm. Speaking to a few of them, that work as car guards and car washers during the day and at times hire a blanket for R10.00 a night if they have collected enough money, including for food during the day.

Blankets donated in Lenasia South, Kingfisher Street together with the Sai Group to the needy families.


On 27th June blankets, beanies, scarves and goodie bags were donated to underprivileged kids in Leeuhof Community, Vaal Region, who really needed them.

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SOWETO celebrates International Day of Yoga 2018

A Yoga day was held at Elmon Malele Park, Kunene Street, Soweto (The largest African Town in Johannesburg)- SOUTH AFRICA in Celebration of International Day of Yoga!.

The event was hosted by The Art of Living Foundation in partnership with The Consulate General of India, Johannesburg, The High Commissioner of India and Alpha World Ministries.A well attended event where seniors and youth, people of all shapes and sizes, people from different backgrounds came together to enjoy the International Yoga Day.

The program began with candle lighting by the Dignitaries – High Commisioner of India, Consulate General of India, Johannesburg, Pastor Maurien of Alpha World Ministries, Ward Councillor

This was followed by joyful and reverberating singing by Pastor.The audience joined in with the singing, clapping and waving their hands in the air.

An estimated crowd of 2000 people from schools, churches, SAPS, and the general public participated in the International Yoga Day.

The Yoga was led on stage by yoga teachers from different Yoga Schools. We were privileged to have Sunil Jain from the Art of Living Organisation, India lead us through some of the Yoga postures and Consulate General yoga teacher , Maya Bhatt. There were many volunteers from the Art of Living Foundation and other Yoga schools too.
A very colorful sight followed with everyone donned in their Yoga T- shirts performing the Yoga postures.

Cheers of joy especially from the children could be heard as they moved from one pose to another in when the yoga teachers asked them ” how are you doing?.

The International Yoga Day at Soweto ended with a meditation and a peace prayer. Everyone left the event feeling content and happy.

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