Bike Run With A Purpose – Tree Planting

Tree planting in Barrydale for the Bikers with a Purpose project.

Our planting team in the village planted 100 trees.

A BIG Thank YOU to all the volunteers and donors.

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Fresh cabbages at Waterloo | Sri Sri Gardening Project

Our volunteers for the Sri Sri Gardening Project have been taking great care of the lovely fresh cabbages growing at Waterloo, KwaZulu-Natal.

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IAHV’s aim to align itself with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)

As many of you are aware IAHV frst received its United Nations NGO status through its incorporation in Geneva in 1997. IAHV is in consultative status with the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC) of theUnited Nations (UN), and participates in a variety of committees and activities, related to health and conflict resolution.

Internationally and as guided, IAHV’s aim is to align itself with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Set forward by the United Nations (UN) in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) are a collection of 17 global goals aimed at improving the planet and the quality of human life around the world. The call-to-action for people worldwide is to address the critical areas of importance by 2030: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. IAHV, as guided by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will focus on these 5 key areas by adopting 7 of the 17 SDGS’s to execute as follows:

IAHV SA will begin the process of aligning all its project and programs to meet the above goals. In the coming months we will reect this on our website and project proposals, categorising all our programs & projects accordingly.

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Latest from the Sri Sri Gardening Project, April 2021

The vegetable seedlings are growing beautifully and new seedlings for cabbage, kale, turnip and broccoli are being planted.


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Fresh vegetables | Sri Sri Gardening Project

Fresh vegetables and beetroot from the garden at Suthsung Sabha Temple in Clayfield in Phoenix, Durban.

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Spekboom Project 2020

It was a very wet Saturday morning, but the Love Where You Live team and volunteers came out to Yaseen’s Superette in Laudium to help pot and distribute 570 Spekboom plants.

The day was filled with happy chatter as everyone got their hands dirty and learned how to care for their new plantlings. People with different levels of gardening skills got to meet each other and share some tips, while picking out the Spekboom they thought was the cutest!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support this initiative, despite the weather! A special thanks to Yaseen’s Superette for hosting us on very short notice and setting up a beautiful space for us to work from – your kindness is a sure sign of a strong community values. May you receive abundant blessings. Also, thank you to Harry’s Printers for your generosity, for sponsoring all our printing requirements, and delivering an excellent level of service!

If you missed this event, don’t worry, we’re already planning our next event, so keep watching our pages! Please send through pictures of your Spekboom as it grows with all your love and nurturing! We would love to share your journey to encourage others to plant this carbon-reducing tree that will help alleviate the effects of global warming.

Love where You Live – Spekboom Project 2020

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Siyandamazulu Primary School

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!!!!!

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Comfort with Dignity for Girls – KZN

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) along with its sister organisation, the Art of Living Foundation and in partnership with Subz Pads and Pants brought comfort and dignity to female learners at Mountain Rise Primary School in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, 16 October with the distribution of reusable pads and panties to 88 girls from Grade 6 and 7.

The girls were taught how to use the sanitary pads and received valuable guidelines and pamphlets. The educational programme also included talks on the menstrual cycle, puberty, how to say ‘NO’ to sexual abuse and empowering the girls on how to make right choices. A practical demonstration by the Art of Living teachers taught the girls breathing and light meditation techniques to help the girls focus and be stress free, together with some yoga postures to reduce menstrual pain and cramps.

The recipients were overwhelmed with the talks and gift packs which will certainly make a huge difference in their lives by:

  1. Giving the girls the dignity and comfort they deserve, during their menstruation.
  2. Preventing the girls from missing school when they menstruate.
  3. Preventing girls from being bullied and insulted.
  4. Providing guidance and holistic educational talks on health matters.
  5. Empowering girls to take charge of their own health.
  6. Building confidence and coping skills of the girls.

For further information, participation and donations regarding the next activation of the project, please contact:
National Office: Shushila Patel on 011 886 0762 or Project Manager: Dr. Suren Lutchminarayan on 031 562 0852.

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IAHV Tree Planting

International Association for Human Values (IAHV) has a very good relationship with Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. IAHV in partnership with Department of Correctional Services has engaged with several communities in the Vaal Triangle for the last 3 years to not only have an impact on our oxygen levels with planting of trees in huge quantities, but also to engage with the communities in doing this.

Over the last 4 years, we have impacted hugely. In 2016 we have planted 40 trees in Parys in Tumahole – IAHV in partnership with Community Corrections where parolees and probationers assisted in digging  the holes and we planted several trees at various schools and clinics in Tumahole. In 2017 we have planted 100 trees in Sasolburg – one day was spent planting trees in town (the D.P de Villiers Stadium, swimming pool, ERt theatre, Afrikaans Secondary School, etc) and the next day in Zamdela at several schools, clinics  and nurseries – and simultaneously also teaching our children and future leaders the value of oxygen and the necessity to care for our trees and communities.

During 2018 we had an even greater impact on the community in that 750 trees were donated to the Vaal Triangle which were planted by parolees and probationers of both Vereeniging and Sasolburg Community Corrections amongst others at Tabita Centre for disabled people in Vereeniging, the Stadion (in collaboration with Proudly Three Rivers) , various schools in Evaton (in collaboration with the Youth Desk and Evaton SAP), as well as the library in Zamdela and Refengkotso.

This is now the fourth year that we are engaging in this project and 300 trees will be planted at the Vaalpets Dog Park an animal shelter in Vanderbijlpark.

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Mandela Day – Clean up with parolees & probationers

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.


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