Empowerment

Breath Water Sound for Seniors

Another Breath Water Sound program was held in Chatsworth KZN, with a group of 7 Seniors.

The group, heartily expressed their, calmness and peacefulness, felt on the first evening of the course. Some experienced meditation for the very first time.

Feedback from the participants:

Their enthusiasm was such that one of the seniors with a foot prosthesis and a recently amputated toe, walked to the course, in sweltering weather.

Another, senior rode on a taxi for the first time in almost 40 years living in the area.

While another, had to assist her ailing husband, before making her way to the course.

Some were grieving close family losses, and talked of how much peace they started to feel within.

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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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Smile Senior Citizens in KZN

The Smile Senior Citizens (SSC) project run by Mr. Shirish Soni held an event in KZN for the Association for the Aged (TAFTA) on the 15 January 2024. 

The seniors were treated to a very special event. They were served with delicious meals, entertained with music and dancing.

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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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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)_

https://mailchi.mp/5ede732201fb/light-in-the-dark

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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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Smile Senior Citizen Evening

On Saturday 2 December, 100 Senior Citizen were treated to a very special event.  The Seniors were served with  scrumptious meals and entertained with music and a dancing show. Our Seniors were happy with smiles on their faces.

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Back to School Stationery | The Youth Village Project

The Youth Village Project in Soweto headed by project leader Aneshree Naidoo together with the support from donors and IAHV secured school stationary packs for 60 Primary and High Schools children at the Thabisang, Mbuyisa and Mzamo Primary Schools, and the Phefeni, Matsike and Kwa- Nsikane High Schools in Soweto.

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Back to School | Bike Run with a Purpose

Our children in Barrydale were blessed by the International Association for Human Values yesterday with the gift of 200 stationary sets and 40 items of new school clothing.

This was distributed to BF Oostehuzen school, Barrydale High School, Weltevrede Primary, Lemoenshoek Primary, Akkerbooom and Vleiplaas schools. The Principals and children were overjoyed and grateful for their stationary.

Without these donations our children’s lives would be far more challenging.  We say Thank you for our wonderful donations.

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