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Update on our Bikers With A Purpose Project

The 3rd Bike Run has already taken place from Cape Town to Barrydale by the IAHV Bikers with A Purpose.  Funds are collected by receiving donations from sponsors, the bikers and their supporters and fundraising activities. The funds are used to support underprivileged school children and communities, plant trees, establish vegetable gardens, and provide meals.

  • 7 boxes of library books was donated to the one of the schools in Barrydale.
  • Our Partner Ladles of Love delivered 550kgs of food to Net vir Pret and additional 420kgs of food to Ebenaeser Club for the Elderly in Smitsville.
  • 45 school children were provided with school uniforms and basic essentials to attend school.
  • Discussions were held with a group of women, Disadvantaged African Women Network (DAWN) to explore ways of supporting them.
  • Commitments for planting trees and establish vegetable gardens.
  • An entertainment program was drawn up by Net vIr Pret to entertain the bikers and their supporters.

The 4th Bikers Run With A Purpose for 2022 – will be taking place on 28th May 2022

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Update on the KZN Flood Relief

Last Saturday, five organizations collaborated and delivered various essential items to 200 families and 150 children in a rural community, in Ixopo.  Ixopo is a town situated on a tributary of the Mkhomazi River in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This included T-shirts for children, face painting, games, groceries and much more. It was a well-planned event with representation from the local Chief, Teachers and the community.

Thirty five volunteers met from 5.30am to pack the items and left to Ixopo with a convoy of 12 vehicles.

The organizations were:

  • United Ways
  • The SAI group
  • International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
  • Nelson Mandela Youth Centre
  • Revolution Motor Club

Thank you to all our volunteers who attended and assisted.

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KZN Flood Relief

In April 2022, days of heavy rain across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South-Eastern South Africa led to deadly floods.  Dozens of homes collapsed and destroyed, washed away cars and roads, and triggered mudslides. Families have lost loved ones due to the disaster. At least 435 people died across the province, with an unknown number of people still missing. KZN has never been in a worst off situation before. The extent of damages has affected people from all works of life and some worse than others.

Concerns raised over the issue of many people faced a critical shortage of clean water and adequate sanitation following the devastating floods.  Many organisations are providing help to thousands and have been distributing food, clothes, and blankets.

IAHV South Africa, and our dedicated Teachers and Volunteers from KZN and Cape Town are working hand in hand. It was encouraging to see many of our volunteers started relief work immediately in some way or form.

Daniele Diliberto from Ladles of Love have sponsored 6 tons of food (2 tons samp, 2 tons rice, 2 tons maize meal) which has been transported from Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal.  A hearty thank you to Kamal Mitoo, CEO of Time Link Cargo for assisting with the transportation of the 6 tons of food.

Added to this, IAHV has donated funds raised from the KZN Flood Relief to purchase additional food, blankets and other emergency supplies to add into hampers.  This will be done at the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre.  Many hands will be needed to pack and distribute these hampers throughout the affected areas.

Our IAHV team in Pietermaritzburg are also doing a collection towards the flood relief.

IAHV volunteers and volunteers from the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre being on the ground in various areas are:

  • Berlington Halt, Gillets and Motala Farm where people besides being affected by the floods live in abject poverty.
  • Assistance in Blackburn Village – 45 families displaced in Tongaat are back in their homes sorted out with basic needs.
  • +-200 people placed at Yellowood Park Civic Hall. The number of people coming to the shelter are now increasing. Baby food was purchased for babies housed at the Hall.
  • In The Tongaat Community, at the Vishwaroop Temple volunteer and Art of Living Teacher Vijaylakshmi Sewnarain dropped of basic sanitary items with food hampers. The meals will be prepared by volunteers for pensioners affected by floods.
  • Beach clean ups are taking place.
  • In Verulam at the Jhugroo Primary School in Ottowa, the heavy rains led to the collapse of a boundary wall and this led to flooding of classrooms.
  • Candles and 4x boxes (100), 50 boxes matches were donated at the rescue site.
  • Ladies volunteering and supplying coffee and snacks. Hot samosas together with chilli bites and sauce were prepared by volunteers for the rescue workers based at Virginia Airport as they came back from their exhausting shift.

The rescue teams from all over the country are amazing. Police, Metro, Air Force, Army, Fire Dept, Private organisations and civilian volunteers.

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IAHV Stand for Humanity food hampers | Youth Village Project Soweto

As part of the IAHV Stand for Humanity initiative food hampers was donated.  Here is the Letter of Gratitude received.

Re: Thank you for spreading hope

On behalf of Ikageng  Itireleng, in Orlando West Soweto, our board members, staff, and beneficiaries, I want to express our sincere gratitude for your donation of food parcels to Ikageng Itireleng. Through the Art of Living and IAHV, you helped hundreds of people who were starving and desperate for hope.

We are, because of heroes like you, who make it possible to cater for our communities and beneficiaries. We are so blessed to have your support.

Thank you sincerely,

 

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Winter Warmth at Kids Haven

Thank you for your kind support to Kids Haven and this generous donation of beautiful blankets.  The  precare community team from the Kids Haven in Benoni went out this weekend and made sure that many families in the Mayfield settlement and the New Bridge in Benoni, Gauteng community received blankets ahead of the cold snap expected tomorrow.

You are making a tremendous difference to so many children through this donation.  We are very excited to be putting them onto beds!

Thank you for making a difference to these children this winter.

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Gas Cooker Donation at Bottle Brush, Little Angels Unit II in Chatsworth

Three families were blessed with gas cookers over the weekend at Bottle Brush, Little Angels Unit II in Chatsworth Durban. They have being cooking on open fire and when it rains the fire wood gets wet, they cannot cook and sadly kids go to bed eating just bread.

Thanks to all.

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Last Pasta kitchen of 2020 ❤️🎄

Pasta cooking & gift wrapping. We had a calm and peaceful Christmasy evening. 🍝
❤️Those who were not there physically were there in our hearts.
🎁Gifts (with personal messages of love and encouragement from many members of our volunteer family) were handed out with tonight’s pasta dinner.
Lots of love to all. 🎄❤️🎁 Take care of each other 🤗 ✨
        
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Vaal Projects, South of Johannesburg

Colourful scarves and beanies were handed out to a group of kiddies living in the farmlands outside Vereeniging.

The kiddies who live without electricity were so excited to receive their colourful gifts to help them keep warm during the icy hours of darkness.

The families also received blankets. 

 

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The Lerato Feeding Project – Groceries Donation

Food items donated by AOL volunteers from the Lenasia Community, South of Johannesburg, who runs their yearly feeding scheme – The Lerato Feeding Project in the month of Gurudev’s birthday. All the groceries were handed out at the Lerato informal settlement area to the under privileged families.

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Art competition for inmates

IAHV, in partnership with Department of Correctional Services, Groenpunt – Vaal, held the first art competition for the inmates, across 10 different art categories.

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