Aug 3, 2021

A short sweet update

Taking dogs to local vet clinic for sterilization
Taking dogs to local vet clinic for sterilization

Sometimes we write a report with lots of barking, whimpering, and woofing (lots to say) and othertimes the quarterly update report sneaks up on us, showing how quickly time has flown this year. Covid-19 has given us all a new calendar, one managed by lockdown restrictions, and evolving changes and landscapes/rules to operate within. It has certainly been an interesting year! 

 

Our animal kindness has continued however, with Martin still actively engaging with his community, and us slowly funding the funds and support to keep sterilizing dogs at the local community clinic. Transport issues, logistics, and riots have not been on our side, and there have been some challenges, but despite this we have still managed to sterilize a few dogs each month, administering 5-in-1 vaccines and rabies shots as needed. 

 

In addition we have decided to focus on integrating animal kindness into our daily operations, and we have decided to work on teaching the children how to care for and look after their own dogs, by letting them learn at Nourish with the Nourish dogs. 

 

Our beautiful Onyx is a gentle giant, and is willingly being led on the leash for short walks by the children now, with them calmly and confidently learning how to put on the collar and walk her. This might seem normal, but many dogs are not used to walking and many children have never had the chance to walk a dog on a leash (sometimes a rope is around the neck to keep them from running away but that is it..) To learn that you can have a dog as a companion and that going for a walk can be fun has been a learning experience on both sides. 

 

Thank you for sharing this journey into aninmal kindness and welfare with us. 

Animal kindness starts at home - walking on leash
Animal kindness starts at home - walking on leash
Aug 3, 2021

Quiet on the school uniform front

Nourish - growing resilience
Nourish - growing resilience

Hi to all our beautiful donors and supporters, 

 

We know that no one wants to get a report in which we say we have done nothing and spent nothing, but for the last few months, we have not been able to do much. We always want to say that we share our updates with 100% transparency, and so that is still true. That is why we want to be honest about the fact that we have not been able to buy school uniforms over the last few months. 

 

Part of the reason is that schools have been closed, and with Covid-19 regulations and South Africa school restrictions schools have been closed over a month. In addition, we often do a lot of the shopping ( and spending all your donor money ) in the beginning of the year and then later on in the year around the end of the year, as these are the period when children are registering for school, buying new uniforms and their families needing support for school uniforms, jerseys, or school shoes. 

 

So with schools shut and it being mid year and Covid, we have just let these few months slip past, focusing on providing support to the children when they come to Nourish, ensuring that at all times they have masks available, and providing more to those who need, ensuring we have tippy taps and can teach healthy habits and ensuring that the children can bring recycling to trade in our swop shop for sweets, or toys or little special items for themselves. 

 

Yes - we will do school uniforms again, and yes it is more important than ever and we look forward to sharing the pics with you when we DO buy them, but for now, we have had to keep adapting and have focused on health, wellbeing and resilience for our children. 

 

Thank you for being part of our journey and for your ongoing funding and support, each and every one of you. 

Sometimes, in the midst of chaos- we need to play!
Sometimes, in the midst of chaos- we need to play!
Aug 3, 2021

Kidz Yoga

Our motto these last few months
Our motto these last few months

The start ( or continuation) of a whole new chapter and journey of the Ubuntu Yoga project, saw us registering with Yoga SA for the Kidz yoga teacher training. Califonia who was one of our Ubuntu yogis in training, who had done some yoga with Jacquie and Patricia previously is now studying and learning to bring yoga to the children of the Nourish eco village, with a little more knowledge, skills and confidence under her belt. 

 

An update from Califonia about the training is that it is challenging, especially understanding the anatomy but she did her online quizz and actually did quite well, and she is glad that she is learning so that she can do yoga with the children better and not cause them pain or harm. 

 

She also has her own yoga mat now, and is getting her daily Yoga practice in... 

 

Maybe in all of this, - that is what we had to learn, as Nourish and with the Ubuntu Yoga project, that sometimes we cannot force things, we need to relent, let go, release, and see where life goes... see when we let go of the pushing, that the restance shifts, and something new unfolds. Patience, and letting go of continual striving to let things fall in place in a way that makes sense. 

 

We are excited to be where we are on our yoga journey, with Cali on her mat, and the children eagerly waiting her classes. 

 

Thank you all for believing in us, holding space, supporting and being part of this journey. 

Our lovely Califonia getting some time on her mat
Our lovely Califonia getting some time on her mat
Kidz Yoga manuals arrived - let studying begin!
Kidz Yoga manuals arrived - let studying begin!
Cali studying hard to bring safe yoga to Nourish!
Cali studying hard to bring safe yoga to Nourish!
 
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