Dignity for Girls – in Gauteng and KZN

It is said that time flies when you are having fun. We at Project Dignity can tell you it flies faster when you are having fun and doing what you are passionate about. Especially for those who need it the most! The first quarter of the year has come and gone! It was only at the beginning of Feb when the team sat and set out our personal and work goals for the term, it feels like we lifted our eyes and BAM, the term was gone! It is with delight and excitement that we share what we have been up to for the first 3 months of #20shineteen and what we look forward to this year! With this, we are hoping to help you experience the love, joy, hardships and fulfilment that comes with being part of the Project Dignity team and with that hoping to inspire you to have hope for the future of our girls and continue supporting them! Enjoy!

Our Activities!

This term we have managed to reach a total of 849 girls in 8 schools, a special appreciation to our partners for making this possible:

  • Fiona Waller
  • 31 Club
  • Dube Tradeport
  • IAHV
  • Rotary E Club

All this work would not be possible without the shared vision and generosity of these amazing institutions and individuals. Project Dignity works to empower young women to reach their full potential. With this we aim to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates in schools and increase opportunities for girls to complete their education.

Through our partnership with IAHV, we visited Quarry Heights High School Where we delivered an educational talk to 115 girls and had an amazing time. The girls were super excited and sang the national anthem with such heart and grace. It is days like this when we are reminded of the impact that our work has on the girl’s lives and where we realize how important it is that we keep pushing to ensure that their future is secure. Imagine missing a whole term of school each year because of something you cannot control.

We appreciate partnerships like this where the educators and community-based organizations come together to work towards a brighter future for their learners, we feel privileged to be part of this amazing work. UPWARD and ONWARDS!

Comfort with Dignity for Girls in KZN

Comfort with Dignity for Girls in KZN










Project Dignity – Distributed 180 hygiene packs to kids of Cater Primary School in Alexandra, Gauteng.

Project Dignity – Distributed 180 hygiene packs to kids of Cater Primary School in Alexandra, Gauteng.

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Lerato Feeding Scheme

Our 5th annual IAHV Project “Lerato Feeding Scheme” took place at the Lerato Educational Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg. Lerato Educational Centre s a non-government school for underprivileged children from the ages of 3 -10 years. The school was started by Sister Mary in 2001. There are a total of 22 teachers. The school depends on donations and veggies received and cook daily on the premises for 500 children.

A scrumptious meal for 500 children was prepared by Art of Living volunteers.

We started with a short meditation, thereafter lunch was served along with a fruit, juice and a chocolate to each child. It was heart-warming to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for the donated items.

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Breath Water Sound follow-ups with parolees & probationers at the Evaton SAPS and Evaton Sebokeng Zone 7

On Tuesday, 30 April 2019 another 2 Breath Water Sound follow-up sessions were held with parolees and probationers at the Evaton SAPS and Evaton Sebokeng Zone 7 area in the Vaal South of Johannesburg.

Busy Corner

The team Leader Bongani, together with the others in Sebokeng has already started a business called “BUSY CORNER”, where they specialise in car wash, laundry services, ironing and soon garden service (landscaping) as some of the parolees and probationer’s are painters, carpenters and plasterers. This will also give them an opportunity to make use of their skills. We are proud of all their achievements thus far

and all the above was initiated from the first BWS course held in February 2019 in Vereeniging.

They have also taken the initiative to work with the local waste management, regarding clamping down on illegal dumping and collection of waste recycling items.

Moving forward, finally they’re also working on Safety and Security, whereby they want to be trained on how to prevent and deal with shack fires and first aid to save lives until professional help arrives.

The IAHV Vaal project leaders are currently working on a short term goal to open a IAHV Centre in Evaton.

Thank you to our incredible team of IAHV seva warriors lead by Chintz Bhana & Gavin Huber.

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Breath Water Sound for parolees and probationers

Our first Breath Water Sound follow up took place in Sasolburg with a group of 35 parolees and probationers.
They had completed the course in February 2019 with Prison Program teachers Chintz Bhana and Manoj Dayal.

With guidance and assistant from Ms. Melissa and Gavin Huber (Vaal) and Ms. Carla Van Staden from the Dept. Correctional Services they have embarked on a farming project.

They have selected their own team leaders and currently communicating with the Dept. Of Agriculture. The DOA has agreed to assist and guide them with farming skills, and provide them with seedlings to kick start the project.

The team said “Our aim is to move forward and to serve the less fortunate in our community. We want to leave and forget the past”.

A very big THANK YOU to all our Prison Program Teachers, Melissa, Gavin & Team and to our Volunteers for your dedication, time and creating a positive impact to Human Values.

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Recycling initiative – KwaDabeka BWS

As a recycling initiative and prize and to encourage the Breath Water Sound follow-up group in KwaDabeka to recycle, our IAHV volunteers gifted the young boys in the group shin-guards for soccer.

They each collected a bag full of glass bottles and together, they even filled up the recycling bin!

The kids respond so well to incentives, it’s amazing! Everything is going well and growing well. We even managed to secure a soccer coach.  The kids are so enthusiastic! So after BWS follow ups,  the soccer coach Mr. Bongi meets the kids at the Wyebank grounds and we play soccer / rugby with them for an hour.

This also keeps the youngsters  off the streets and away from drugs.  They are motivated and sports is always a great alternative. We have also encouraged the boys yoga and meditation.

For more details contact: Ms. Thavakumari Tel +27 73 892 7029

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