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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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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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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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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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 at 22 Barrington Street

It was lovely to teach a Breath Water Sound course over this auspicious time of Navratri and I was blessed to be assisted by Deanne for the sessions and Martina who came to help with the handing out the certificates on the last day which is always special – to have a new face making everyone feel very important!

22 Barrington street is a special place of recovery before that very next step back into “normal” life for many
dealing with addictions and trauma, the BWS course came at a special time as the house councillor
Suzanne mentioned to me at the Obs Pasta Kitchen (a community dinner that happens every Wednesday in Observatory)  that there were many new members to the house making it challenging. I offered the BWS course and she was thrilled asking to start asap!

A few visible changes that we noticed was definitely the focus of the group, especially in one participant who on the first session was unable to remain seated for more than 10min and by the last day never left the session once!
A big everlasting smile landed on the face of another participant on the last day (who was very distant throughout the course) every photo we have she is smiling brightly with such light in her eyes! As Deanne mentioned every single participant  was a very powerful person, from walking into a room of what seemed like broken spirits we left to a chorus of laughs and tremendous gratitude for the knowledge.

We have planned to follow up every ten days as the participants took the forty one day challenge to keep up
their breathing techniques and promises to themselves. The Breath Water Sound course is an amazing opportunity
for everyone to change their lives in a positive healthy way!

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Comfort with Dignity for Girls – Mandela Day

As part of IAHV’s Dignity For Girls Campaign we distributed  Subz Packs to 120 girls in Grade 6 and Grade 7 at Duffs Road Primary School, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 18th  July 2018 – for Mandela Day.

The 2-hour programme was very interactive and included the following:

  1. Principal – Address and Purpose of Programme
  2. Prayer and Introduction – IAHV & the Art of Living Foundation
  3. Art  of  Living  Team  –  Breathing  Exercises/Simple  Yoga,  Pamphlet  with  Simple  Steps  to  alleviate stomach cramps during menstruation.
  4. Sue Barnes & Team – Demonstration, Talk, includes information in pamphlet
  5. Distribution of Packs and Pamphlets
  6. Refreshments
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Happy Women’s Day in Soweto

Today we made an 88 year old Gogo Miriam Mariti from Orlando West in Soweto very happy. She’s been bed bound for several months and had developed bedsores as a result. The wheelchair will allow her some mobility. Gogo Miriam also has a caregiver and now she is doing so much better. Her bedsores are getting better and was so grateful for the wheelchair.

The wheelchair initiative was started from the Johannesburg DSN program. Wheelchairs were acquired through donations and from the collection of plastic bottle-tops and tags. The initiative was well supported and for every 450kgs of bottle-tops we obtained one wheelchair.

Aneshree Naidoo, an Art of Living teacher who heads the Youth Village Project in Soweto, and though her networks the wheelchair was successfully handed over in the pictures below though a combined effort of the various Art of Living  chapters.

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