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 13, 2015

Report #9 - My dogs and I are now happy together

After care check up July 5, 2014
After care check up July 5, 2014

My dogs used to wander around looking for female dogs and you would find that wherever they are they attack people who are trying stop them from fighting. The community police had already warned me many times about the dogs and eventually promised to lay charges against me should the dogs bite another person. The dogs were troublesome indeed because sometimes they would attack people passing along the road nearby. The dogs had a lot of offences.

However, after being spayed they now stay at home and look well fed. My relationship with them has improved. Previously, it was not easy to put a leash around their neck when I needed to take them to the dip tank, but now they come to me willingly. Now I feel safe and my homestead secure because my dogs are always home to protect us

There is just one dog which is not spayed because it was young at the time when I spayed the others; it does not look as healthy and full of life as the others are, I therefore want to spay it too once it has grown.

Narrated by: Mandla 

Letami betiphuma lekhaya tiyofuna letinsikati, manje bowukhandza kutsi lengaphandle tiluma nebantfu labatsi bayatilamula umasetilwa. Besebasekhute kanyenti ngaletinja nemaphoyisa emmango asatsembisa kusibopha uma tiphindza tiluma lomunye umuntfu. Vele betiluhlupho ngobe lesinye sikhatsi bantfu betibasukela endleleni batihambela. Emacala aletinja abese amanyenti.

Kodvwa emvakwekuphakulwa setihlala lekhaya atisaphumi ligede futsi tikhuluphele. Budlelwane bami nato sebukhulile ngobe kucala nangifuna kutibamba bekuba lukhuni kepha nyalo sekumelula.

Imphilo yami nelikhaya lakitsi sekuhlala kuphephile ngobe letinja tihlala lekhaya futsi tiyasivikela. Uma umuntfu lovakashile nje atsi wanga umuntfu walekhaya, letinja tiye ticabange kutsi bayalwa bese tiyamvikela.

Kunayinye nje leyasala natiyophakulwa ngobe beyiseyincane, ayikahlambuluki njengaleti letinye, ngako-ke nayo ngifuna kutsi iphakulwe uma seyikhulile.

Ibhalwe ngu: Mandla 

Vusumnotfo recorded Mandla'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 several more community spay days in May - August,  2015. 

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

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