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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SOWETO celebrates International Day of Yoga 2018

A Yoga day was held at Elmon Malele Park, Kunene Street, Soweto (The largest African Town in Johannesburg)- SOUTH AFRICA in Celebration of International Day of Yoga!.

The event was hosted by The Art of Living Foundation in partnership with The Consulate General of India, Johannesburg, The High Commissioner of India and Alpha World Ministries.A well attended event where seniors and youth, people of all shapes and sizes, people from different backgrounds came together to enjoy the International Yoga Day.

The program began with candle lighting by the Dignitaries – High Commisioner of India, Consulate General of India, Johannesburg, Pastor Maurien of Alpha World Ministries, Ward Councillor

This was followed by joyful and reverberating singing by Pastor.The audience joined in with the singing, clapping and waving their hands in the air.

An estimated crowd of 2000 people from schools, churches, SAPS, and the general public participated in the International Yoga Day.

The Yoga was led on stage by yoga teachers from different Yoga Schools. We were privileged to have Sunil Jain from the Art of Living Organisation, India lead us through some of the Yoga postures and Consulate General yoga teacher , Maya Bhatt. There were many volunteers from the Art of Living Foundation and other Yoga schools too.
A very colorful sight followed with everyone donned in their Yoga T- shirts performing the Yoga postures.

Cheers of joy especially from the children could be heard as they moved from one pose to another in when the yoga teachers asked them ” how are you doing?.

The International Yoga Day at Soweto ended with a meditation and a peace prayer. Everyone left the event feeling content and happy.

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