Hi amazing donors - thanks to your support we are able to keep going at the Nourish creche month after month! Whilst we always need more monthly Sponsor a Child donors; it does mean we are in a position to share our skills, expertise and resources with other community based pre-schools around us in the rural villages that might not be as well off.
We currently work with and support 6 preschools who just have the most special children. At some of these we have put in vegetable gardens to help support their feeding program, at some we have donated spare toys and blankets for their children. and all of them we include in a quarterly teacher traning workshop- focusing on daily routines, making toys from recycled resources and just sharing skills and stories about early childhood development.
So this update is to fill you in on our RISE outreach ( we want children to RISE to a better quality of preschool, a better education and RISE to a better life. ) and thanks to your support as Nourish creche RISES, so other creches and children can too!
New classroom tables @ our RISE creche
Celebrating HERITAGE day
Aug 13, 2019
Ubuntu Yoga Pavilion
By Sarah Bergs & Jacquie Gauthier - Yoga Teachers
Sharing Yoga with the ladies from Sigagule village
Thanks to some generous donations from friends of Nourish and the Yoga community in Canada ,( amongst others) construction of our Ubuntu Yoga Pavilion is underway at Nourish Eco Village. Our eco brick foundation ( made of 2 liter plastic bottles stuffed with scrap plastic, removing waste from communities and landfill) has been laid, and our tin can walls are rising. The earth is being compacted to lay our cow dung floor, and we are raising funds to put a rubber floor on top of it to eliminate the need for yoga mats, which don't hold up well in this environment. We plan to paint the outline of mats on the floor so each person will have their space. We still want to raise the funds for bolsters, straps, and blocks for the children and community members who will use our Yoga Pavilion.
In the meantime we practice anywhere we can- sometimes in the library or even in the kitchen. :) The Yoga will continue!
We now have three tainees who are talented and dedicated. They will be instrumental in taking yoga into our local communities. Our goal now is to find a way to fund training to have Zandili, Dineo and Letsatsi become certified yoga instructors. We have made contact with the Africa Yoga Project in Kenya and have set up a Skype meeting to see if there is some way we can partner with them. It would be ideal to be able to send these young people to train with the project in Kenya, but the cost is quite high. We're exploring other alternatives; possibly having one of their instructors come here, or seeing if a senior yoga trainer here can affiliate with the Africa Yoga Project.
So lots of exciting things happening! So for now-- Namaste; or as we say with the Ubuntu Yoga Project: Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu ( a person is a person becuase of other people) speaks to our connectivity, to each other and the natural world around us. xxx
The yoga pavilion taking shape!
Yoga anywhere; even the kitchen
New UBUNTU Yoga trainees
Aug 13, 2019
Preschool uniforms needed
By Sarah Bergs - Project Leader
Littlies who will "graduate" from pre-school soon!
Due to a lack of donors for our SCHOOL UNIFORM project this last few weeks/months, we havent been able to distribute any new uniforms. But as ever we are hopeful that we will get support coming in. School uniforms are compulsory for children throughout South Africa, even in rural villages and poor communities. This means that often families, who can scare afford it, have to spend their small amount of income buying a school uniform in order to afford their child a privelege perhaps they didnt have... that of getting and EDUCATION.
Your support in buying school uniforms is primarily aimed at low income families, and especially on children finishing pre-school, who, without a school uniform are not allowed to register for Grade 1 in school. your support for this project could truly mean the world to these children, and give them one of the biggest headstarts we can offer someone in life, the chance to receieve an education, the chance to make life better for yourself.
Thank you to the special donors who have supported and i encourage you to spread the word to friends and family to dig deep!
A uniform unlocks the true gift; that of EDUCATION