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Pensioners Day at The Nelson Mandela Youth Centre

Another great event was held at the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre in collaboration with The Art of Living (sister organisation of IAHV), Revolution Motor Cycle and a group of attorneys.

On Saturday 16 December , over 300 pensioners were treated to a day of fun, dance, delicious food, games, singing and comedy.

Everyone left with a gift bag and a vanity bag packed with wonderful items including a watch.

Our volunteers did a sterling job in ensuring every request was taken care of.

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Christmas Eve at The Nelson Mandela Youth Centre

Can you really imagine Christmas without toys and games for children?  Initiated by IAHV, The Nelson Mandela Youth Centre and a donor who sponsored the toys. This was a Christmas Eve toy and snack distribution with chip rolls to 150 children in Welbeduct in Chatsworth KZN. This adds to the joy. It is great and makes you feel good and it keeps the kids excited.  Also to make sure that they have a present to open up on Christmas Day.

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Winter Packs & Back to School Packs

This is an registered IAHV Project. The Johannesburg Children’s Hope Centre is the oldest children’s home based in Johannesburg, with 64 children who have been found in need of care by the Children’s Court. The children range in age from three to twenty-one years old and are admitted because they have lost parental care due to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, severe neglect or abandonment.

With the support from IAHV assisting with the funds we have managed to secure to purchase school stationery and books for the children. On the 13th of December we personally delivered the stationery to the home and on the 16th of January, the children received brand new stationery for the year. In the next few weeks, we will be arranging to host a yoga and meditation session with the children.

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Sri Sri Feeding Scheme in KZN

On the 18 January 2024 over 150 prepacked meal prepared by volunteers was served to general public and 1x 20L bucket of rice and 13L of dhall with potato given to the Clayfield homes for the mentally challenged.  We will also be making sandwiches at the Wembley Primary School in Phoenix, Durban in conjunction with the stationery packs for the school kids.

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Honoring Our Elderly in Soweto

Honoring Our Elderly in Soweto is a IAHV registered project. This project is to assist the elderly part of the Alpha World Ministries Social Care Centre in Soweto with Christmas hampers and food as part of Christmas celebrations. Many of these elderly are themselves care givers to children who have lost their parents due to HIV or have been abandoned etc.

Christmas food hampers of 230 bags of maize meal, 22 bags of rice , 22 bags of sugar and other basic needs was donated.

 

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James House Xmas Hampers 2023

The James House Community of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay were overwhelmed to receive Christmas Food Hampers this year filled with non-perishable groceries. Our hope was that these food packs would ensure these families had food on the table for a special Christmas meal, as well as food during the school holidays while James House was closed.

The success of this initiative was only possible with IAHV’s generous donation, which enabled us to purchase 100 x Yebo Fresh packs for this community.  The food packs were well-received with much appreciation and the James House staff and families have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the continuous support of IAHV and all volunteers involved.

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Some ‘light in the dark’ from IAHV Peacebuilding Teams

Looking at the current state of the world today, it may look quite dark at times. It becomes all the more clear that *a more peaceful world requires us to work deeply with psychosocial factors,* such as overcoming transgenerational trauma, shifting from self-centredness towards contributing, and broadening our human identity beyond national or religious identities. IAHV Peacebuilding is committed to this long-time endeavour.

In the midst of the current crises, IAHV and the Art of Living Foundation continue to apply their global expertise in supporting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of highly stressed populations. IAHV’s self-empowering methods, scalable approach, evidence-base and cost-effectiveness are a unique added value in contexts of mass displacement and disaster.

We hope this newsletter provides you with some hope and light and maybe with the inspiration to contribute. As our new Ukrainian trainers testified, being able to do something not only helps others, but can also keep ourselves out of depression and despair.

_”The darkness has held us very tight but has not extinguished the light that illuminates our heart.” (Survivor Morocco earthquake)_

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Our annual Christmas Day Lunch with the homeless Landsdowne community

A very big THANK YOU to all our generous donors and volunteers who made the Christmas Day Lunch for the homeless Lansdowne community such a huge success and heartwarming experience!!
 
This was the 6th year doing this event and we are overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness, and enthusiasm that made this project possible. We had 22 volunteers assist at the event with transporting goods, setting up, serving food and gifting the community. Volunteers also cooked 180 meals which we served with cooldrink and treats. With the donations, we were able to purchase Yebo Fresh food packs containing non-perishable items as well as hygiene packs. 
 
We gifted the community photos from last year’s event which they were so excited about and had fun posing for more photos. Michael, the community leader, thanked us and was very appreciative of all our efforts. He celebrates his birthday on Christmas so it’s always an extra special day for him!
Thank you to everyone who contributed and touched the lives of this community. Our combined efforts brought joy and smiles to their faces and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend Christmas – see below link to the video on our Instagram page. 
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Christmas celebrations at Bottlebrush Little Angels

Christmas celebrations at the Bottlebrush Bottlebrush settlement in Chatsworth, Durban.  IAHV assisted with the hamper donations and was organised by Prissy Govender the project leader.  Huge smiles were spread across many faces on when the hampers were distributed to our LITTLE ANGELS. The Silverglen Rotary club also joined in.  Nicam Insurance provided pizzas and cool drinks to the kids..

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Lenasia Havan Old Age Home Food Hampers

The Lenasia Havan Old Age Home is based in Lenasia, South of Johannesburg. IAHV assisted with the food hamper donations and was organised by Rakhee Devchand the project leader.  On 10th December, Sunday 106 Senior Citizen were treated to a very special event.  The Seniors were served with a scrumptious meals, ice cream and entertained with music, and enjoyed dancing.  Our Seniors were happy with smiles on their faces. Our seniors were most happy and that was our goal. They appreciated everything IAHV did for them and blessed us all,

A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came to assist and selflessly contributed so flawlessly to a wonderful and very successful event.

 

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