May 26, 2021

Education made fun

Learning is FUN!
Learning is FUN!

This month, a picture speaks 1 000 words. Our early childhood development program is really becoming such a special way for us to intervene in these childrens lives, and we believe we are making an impact! Our new G.R.O.W resources are enabling the facilitators (teachers) we have to help stimulate young minds, and make learning and growing fun to do! We try our best to keep the children masked, and safe, as well as happy in our Nourish environment. 

 

THANK You to all of your for your ongoing support! You are each a pivotal key to this program being a success, and towards us being able to allow children from impoverished families this opportunity to educate their children! 

 

At a recent parent-teacher meeting that MelB and Bridget (Nourish manager, and Creche principal) held with the parents of the children, the feedback that I go was this " When are you going to extend to grade R and Grade 1 because our children coming to Nourish creche are so creative". This was the most awesome feedback to get, parents are gateful, they are appreciative of the opportunity and more than that, they see POSITIVE changes in their little ones, in their growth, confidence and creativity. 

 

Thank you for making this (continued) dream possible!

Hygiene is important
Hygiene is important
Washing Covid-facemasks for the children
Washing Covid-facemasks for the children
developing confidence, social behavior and sharing
developing confidence, social behavior and sharing
Morning exercise - touch your toes!
Morning exercise - touch your toes!
Mar 10, 2021

Hibernating

Regrouping- and hibernating to find growth!
Regrouping- and hibernating to find growth!

The Ubuntu Yoga project is in a hibernation phase, partly out of necessity and partly because that is where we are right now on our journey. 

 

Yes- we want to enable young women and men in South Africa to discover their power and stillness through YOGA! 

 

Yes - we want children to find their center, and develop motor skills and balance from YOGA! 

 

Yes - we want the spirit of Ubuntu to permeate everything we do, from the shared yoga classes, to hopefully one day training and upskilling local women to become Yoga Teachers, bringing together yoga and the African spirit in a unique way, and at the same time creating income generation and empowerment. 

 

 

All these beautiful things YES! 

 

But for now - we are taking time, figuring out how to develop an online reportoire of yoga classes to bring in ongoing donations. For now, we are re-grouping in the aftermath of a crazy Covid year, and for now, we are starting small... 

 

Knowing that after the hibernation, after time to think and plan and dream and connect (with others and our network, and ourselves) that the resulting butterfly is worth the wait! 

 

Thank you for being part of our journey. 

Mar 10, 2021

We need your continued support!

On our way to the doc...thanks for helping us!
On our way to the doc...thanks for helping us!

2021 has been a difficult one for our community dog outreach program. Partly because we have not managed to get any donations or support yet this year, and partly becuase the need is greater now than ever. The residual impact of Covid-19 has left many people in our community struggling with greater poverty than ever, and this shows in the condition of the dogs that Martin and Benneth see in their villages and communities. 

 

In addition, we have been blessed with the most beautiful rain this Summer, and the grass and bush is green and lush. But along with this comes ticks... and we have had many dogs ill and struggling with tickbite fever. Martin and Benneth have been amazing, and with little or no funding are managing to identify the worst cases for us to bring to the community vet. 

 

The need is great for us to help those that cannot help themselves, both those struggling with poverty, but also the animals who cannot speak for themselves. 

 

We are so grateful to all our past donors, every dollar and cent has made a difference and has allowed us to pay vet bills for sterilizations, TVT treatments, tickbite fever treatments and 5-in-1 shots to prevent illness in puppies. In order to try to reduce our need for donations, Martin has been trying to work with dog owners, especially for puppy 5-in-1 shots, which is important for preventing distemper, parvovirsu, and all sorts of nasty things. The owners, when they can and are able, now contribute 50% of the costs of the shots themselves. That is R 50 per dog ( x 2 injections per dog). For many owners this takes them a while to save up and contribute, but it is a really poignant way of showing how much, despite their own dire situation, they care for their dogs, and want to contribute within their means. 

 

People care, people have dignity, we just want to help them along the way.

 

Thank you all for your support in 2020, and if you can, we ask that you support again! Take care and be safe for 2021. 

the amazing vets always take such good care
the amazing vets always take such good care
when your cute, your cute!
when your cute, your cute!
Tick bite fever can make dogs very ill and thin
Tick bite fever can make dogs very ill and thin
 
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