IAHV in partnership with People Against Poverty and Unemployment (PAPU). A learning and development Centre that continues to empower young people in the Westbury, Johannesburg community.
The course was well received.
Feedback from Students:
The students were happy to have done the course and some were willing to even learn how to teach BWS in the future. This shows that there is a potential to do a Youth Leadership Training Program in the future.
For Mandela Day, the IAHV extended its collaboration with the BWS parolees & probationers program, which saw the clean-up of a neglected site that will be turned into a park & community recreation area. The IAHV was provided with great assistance from Protea Plastics CC who supplied 2000 heavy duty black plastic bags & refreshments, SAPS Evaton who provided support, as well as BP garage who sponsored food for the team of 50 incredible volunteers.
The catalyst for the event was an ex inmate who supports his community after being inspired to take action after participating in our prison program a few years back at Department of Correctional Services – Groenpunt.
This is a start of many such initiatives that are being rolled out across the Vaal.
The IAHV volunteer teams continue the great work of taking our Prison Programme (for stress relief and healthy minds) into more facilities. The latest beneficiaries were the inmates from the maximum facility at Brandvlei Correctional Services who were taught highly effective breathing techniques for calming the mind and reducing negative emotions.
Participants on the programme reported improved sleep and a new sense of calm. They welcomed the teaching and would look forward to our regular presence at the facility. The vast majority of participants expressed their gratitude for the programme. Every participant shared that they would recommend the programme to other offenders. The facilitators noted the difference in the participants in just a few days of practising the techniques.
A big thank you to the dedicated social workers (Mrs. van Heerden and Mrs Brink) at Brandvlei DCS who made all the necessary arrangements to bring a new programme into the facility. One that helps to develop a healthy mind and a positive attitude which helps to make better personal choices.
Our next programme commences in mid July. The IAHV is and our volunteers are extremely passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.
As part of #MandelaDay2019, The IAHV Youth Village Project distributed 100 pairs of school shoes to Primary and High school children who were in dire need of them.
To find out more about our initiatives in Soweto, please contact Youth Village (Soweto) Project Leader – Aneshree Naidoo