Vusumnotfo

Vusumnotfo - meaning "to restart the economy" - is a Swazi, Not-For-Profit, community training and support organization formed by eighteen chiefdoms in northern Swaziland. Our vision is that communities will be able and willing to improve their own social, economic, and environmental conditions. To build the human capacity needed to do so, Vusumnotfo's programming involves each of the community structures that touches the lives and development of children - the schools where they learn, the families where they grow, and the communities where they live. Using sustainable methods, Vusumnotfo's goal is to help communities, help their children, to reach their full developmental potent...
Apr 6, 2015

Report #8 - My chickens are safe now

Thoko
Thoko

It helped me immensely to have my dog spayed. There is some troublesome animal that comes in the night and devours my chickens, but before being spayed, my dog would be away from the homestead when these attacks occur.

Now that my dog is spayed it stays at home and the wild animal does not get a chance to attack. The dog keeps an eye on my chickens and barks at every sound of sinisterly movement coming from the woods. My chickens have reclaimed their freedom and can now sleep on the ground without a problem. I also feel safe because my dog is always home and on guard for any intrusion.

After seeing the benefit of having my dog spayed, the people in my community have been constantly asking me when the doctors who spayed my dog are coming again. Although they know that they can personally bring their dogs to Swaziland Animal Welfare Society for the operation, organizing the transport and budgeting is difficult for most people in my community.

Narrated by: Thoko 

Mine vele kungisitile kakhulu kuyiphakula inja yami, ngoba bekunesilwane lebesingihlupha kakhulu ebusuku sidla tinkhukhu. Uma lesilwane sifika, bowukhandza kutsi inja yami ayikho lekhaya.

Nyalo kepha ngoba seyiphakuliwe seyihlala lekhaya, lesilwane asisalitfoli litfuba lekusondzela etinkhukhwini tami. Ihlala laceleni kwato, nayiva kutsi khwasha, iyakhonkhotsa. Tinkhukhu tami setakhululeka setilala nje naphansi ngaphandle kwenkinga. Nami ngitivela ngiphephile kanye nelikhaya lami ngobe ihlala ikhona igadze umonakalo.

Emvakwekubona lobuhle balokuphakula inja, laba lengihlala nabo emmangweni, bangibuta kanyenti kutsi kantsi bayobuya nini labantfu labaphakula tinja. Bayati kutsi kuphakulisa inja kubita imali uma utimikisela wena le eSwaziland Animal Welfare Society.

Ibhalwe ngu: Thoko 

Vusumnotfo collected Thoko's story 7 months after the community spay day at Mshingishingini, through the use of Most Significant Change methodology. In response to the many requests that we are receiving, with your support, we would very much like to carry out several more community spay days in May - August, 2015. 

Jan 12, 2015

Report #7 - Stitches out after Spay Day

Thabani and Muzi Maseko with Taxi and Spot
Thabani and Muzi Maseko with Taxi and Spot

Two weeks after the Spay Day, people brought back their animals for the stitches to be taken out and medical check up. Each animal was individually checked. Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) answered each participant’s medical and animal care questions.

SAWS also distributed additional food supplies so as to continue the quality feeding to ensure full recovery. The dogs are looking noticeable more healthy.

People expressed their pleasure in how their dogs were recovering. It was interesting to see that the dogs still had on their tags from the Spay Day and that many people were actively petting their dogs.

Vusumnotfo has been receiving a lot of positive feedback on the activity, along with the question "when are you going to repeat this activity?".  This question comes from Mshingishingini community members and further afield.  We would very much like to annually carry out one community spay day.  Your support towards this goal is much appreciated. 

Sam checking Mr. Dlamini
Sam checking Mr. Dlamini's dog Teddy
Menzi and his dog Danger
Menzi and his dog Danger
Mrs Phiri and her companion Kitsy
Mrs Phiri and her companion Kitsy
Ntuthuko and his dog
Ntuthuko and his dog
Community members waiting their turn
Community members waiting their turn
Oct 6, 2014

Report #6 - Mshingishingini Spay Day - some more photos

Mshingishingini Primary transformed into a clinic.
Mshingishingini Primary transformed into a clinic.

Here are some more photos from the Spay day at Mshingishingini Community that took place on June 21, 2014. 52 dogs (plus 1 cat) were sterilized and a further 30 dogs were vaccinated against rabies, de-wormed, and received free medical examinations. The photos below show each step in the process of making this happen.

I am happy to report that the follow up day on July 5th went very well. People brought back their dogs (and one cat) for medical check ups and to take the stitches out. All animals were healthy and happy. Photos from that day will be in the next report.

The feedback from the community has been very positive. People who did not bring their animals are regretting that they missed out. This is often the case when implementing an activity for the first time at a community. Now that we have gotten the ball rolling with this first project, Vusumnotfo hopes to be able to carry out one community Spay Day each year. Swaziland Animal Welfare Society is currently planning to carry out a second community spay day in another part of Swaziland soonest. Details of that will follow.

The required medical supplies
The required medical supplies
Surgery in the classroom
Surgery in the classroom
Childhood curiosity
Childhood curiosity
Waiting for recovery
Waiting for recovery
Project partners - and you!
Project partners - and you!

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