Empowerment

Christmas at the Tsholanang Community Development Centre

A Christmas Party was held for the mothers who selflessly prepare meals every school day for the orphan and vulnerable children at both Maropeng  and Bodubelo Primary Schools in Ga-Rankuwa.

These deserving mothers who receive no remuneration for their selfless work were showered with gifts which included a mini hi-fi set donated by Railway Furnishers. They also received a braai pack to take home to their families. Monies were collected particularly so that each of the mothers were given a substantial cash donation as a heartfelt thanks for their Service.

This project is dependent on donations and we look forward to individuals or corporates who wish to come on board. Just over one hundred orphan and vulnerable children are fed every school day at these two schools. This feeding scheme has been ongoing since 2011.

Project leader Jagdish Makan can be contacted on +27 82 55 00 595 for further information.

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Menstrual hygiene and health programme for adolescent girls

We had our first Menstrual hygiene and health programme for adolescent girls in South Africa at Sisanda Mzulu Primary school with grade 7 learners.
It runs over 3 days, approximately 2hours per day with girls who are pre-menstrual and those who already have their periods, so that the following is achieved:
  • Better understanding of their body and the changes that take place as they grow up.
  • Knowledge about menstruation and menstrual hygiene practices that would enable them to become more confident about the ‘woman’ they are and prepare them to handle the pressures from the changes in their bodies and surroundings.
  • Understand the importance of food and nutrition in growth and development.
  • Learn simple techniques (pranayama, mudra and asanas) on how to feel more at ease during  menstrual period.
Many of they girls had no one to ask about these things. The teachers were too busy in classes with large numbers. They really welcomed the project.
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Bottlebrush Little Angels Project

Well done to Project Leader, Prissy and volunteers from the Bottlebrush Little Angels Project in Unit ll Chatsworth, KZN. This project was initially started in 2013 and on-going with weekly sessions.

Pictures of the little Angel’s this last Saturday, after their weekly Breath Water Sound session, everyone received Spring Day treats, a cap, pen, notepad and a lunch bag.

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Breath Water Sound with PAPU

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.

 

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Youth Village Project distributed 100 pairs of school shoes

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

Youth Village Project distributed 100 pairs of school shoes

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Breath Water Sound session for Parolees, Probationers and Community members

Once again a life-changing Breath Water Sound session was held with 70 participants – The group consisted of Parolees, Probationers and Community members which took place in Evaton – South of Johannesburg (The Vaal )

The following organizers were also present:

  • Mr. Solomon Korae & Ms. Portia Samella from the Dept of Correctional
  • Services & Sgt Beverly from the Evaton SAPS.

The feedback from the participants was positive. They were  grateful to be part of this program and amazed at how calm and relaxed they felt.

To change their lives and community for the better, they have formed teams and are planning some fantastic sustainable businesses moving forward.

One group of ladies said they have 2 high schools and 4 primary schools which they want to teach and educate, in sanitary hygiene.

Other teams are planning :

  • catering
  • washing carpets, running shoes  and  windows
  • car – wash stands
  • collect recycling items
  • Sewing – One of the participant is a fashion designer and happy to have others join her

Thank you to Chintz & Gavin for giving us an opportunity to share this wonderful and rewarding experience. (Dan,Bharat, Dr. Mohan and Shushila)

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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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