108 Food hampers were donated at the Cornubia Primary School, Amouti Primary School and Stanmore Primary School.
Women’s month celebrated in August was made extraordinary by the generous donation of the International Association for Human Values and the Obs Pasta Kitchen to the women of Murraysburg, the poorest community in the Western Cape.
Volunteers came together to assist the call for 200 sanitary packs for the women and girls of the community. From selecting the products at the best price and upmost care, Martina Polley an Art of Living volunteer organized the shopping and packing along with two other volunteers, Ruth and Anneliese.
Dischem provided the best price and top quality. Each pack contained sanitary towels, body cream, deodorant, soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush. A special card with the message “ take care, you are a woman of strength, you are a peacemaker, you inspire so many, thank you “ added the last touch.
The transport arrived and the 200 packs were safely packed for Murraysburg a six hour drive from Cape Town. On arrival pastor Errol informed us the packs arrived safely and intact.
In the weeks following packs were distributed to the women of the community, including school girls.
A big warm thank you was received in writing and from the photos we can see the packs were greatly appreciated.
Thank you to all the volunteers who were involved and especially to the IAHV for making this possible.
We had an overwhelming response to this year’s Mandela Day Fundraiser to sponsor 100 kids and their families from James House Child & Youth Care Centre with a Madiba/Covid Family-Pack. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic being a difficult time for everyone, so many were willing to help another family and generously donated towards the initiative. The R45 000 target was exceeded which meant we were able to include even more items in each Family-Pack!
Each Madiba/Covid Family-Pack included a combination of groceries, winter warmers, hygiene items and educational material:
Due to Covid-19, this was the first time we were not able to organise a Mandela Day event with activities for the kids or personally hand out their gifts. Instead, a personalized Mandela Day card was added to each Family-Pack with the child’s name along with a Madiba quote: A winner is a dreamer who never gives up:) On Mandela Day, the James House team handed these out to the families in the Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg community. James House has expressed their heartfelt thanks to all involved and reported that the Family-Packs were well-received!
100 Family-Packs were only possible because of each person’s contribution…proof that through a collective effort, we can make an impact on the lives of those less fortunate!
Since the national lockdown, The Obs Pasta Kitchen has had to physically close its kitchen at St Michaels church hall due to government regulation but that did not stop us in serving our community. Collaboration with OBSID the Observatory Improvement District, CAN theCommunity Action Network and enthusiastic volunteers we have committed to providing a daily meal for the homeless of our Community by accessing all skills and permits available.
A total of
has been served in this first week by our amazing volunteers.
We will continue to do our best to support the most vulnerable in our community at this critical time and ask for any support available.
EFT Donations: 🍝
Account holder: International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: 250737, Lenasia
Reference: Obspasta + your name
A very big THANK YOU to all our generous donors, sponsors and volunteers who made the Christmas Day Lunch for the homeless Landsdowne community such a huge success and heartwarming experience!!
We are overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness and enthusiasm that made this event possible. Donations of food and hygiene items flowed in and we raised over R20 000 in cash. With these donations, we were able to provide 120 community members with a warm delicious meal of macaroni & sauce, cooldrink, cupcakes & treats, and also gift each person with a goodie bag filled with hygiene items and non-perishable foods. We had 75 volunteers on the day who braved the rain and came out to spread the Christmas love!
This years event was particularly special as it may be the last Christmas for this community in their informal homes as they face to be forcibly removed by the city this month. The community has been devastated and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend Christmas than to give to those less fortunate during this difficult time. Over the years we have developed a good relationship with this community…their leader Michael always comments on how our volunteers interact with so much sincerity and love – so thank you all for being part of this!
The event was featured in The Argus and eNuus which highlighted the community’s upcoming displacement:
Photos by Alice Bensi:
Photos by Anneliese Le-Brenton:
On the 21st November 2019, the volunteers of The International Association for Human Values together with the members from the Newlands and Durban North Prayer group, handed over 20 school uniforms to the learners of Siyandamazulu Primary School, in KwaMashu. The pack consisted of a dress/shirt, pants, shoes and socks.
Thank you for your support!!!!!
Alpha Trauma Centre is a non-profit organisation based in Vereeniging, Gauteng. They provide free trauma counselling and support for women and children who have fallen victim to sexual assault, rape, abuse or domestic violence. Also provide assistance to older persons.
Thanks to Gavin and Melissa from The International Association for Human Values … who so kindly donated 20 food parcels to Alpha Trauma Centre. In the photo is Gavin (IAHV) on the left with Brahm van der Merwe Centre Manager / Chief Social Worker in the middle and on the right is Mr Dube. Many thanks to the kind donors who contributed towards the food parcels. You make a difference!
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.