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 developmenta...
May 17, 2016

PET CARE DAY @ HLANGANANI PRIMARY SCHOOL

Want a Friend? Be a Friend!  booklet
Want a Friend? Be a Friend! booklet

SAWS was invited to attend the Pet Care Day at Hlanganani Primary School in Pigg’s Peak, Northern Swaziland to present the Want a Friend? Be a Friend! booklet produced by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, the World Health Organization and 2 South African sponsors. This booklet is aimed at ensuring that children learn how to treat pets properly and how to avoid bites, which of course are the main source of Rabies infections whilst at the same time improving their English and comprehension.

The day’s events included the Want a Friend? Be a Friend! being circulated through the school with each class taking 1 page to work on (as they only had 30 books), there were also games, animal talks, face painting and a demonstration on how to bath a dog without getting soap in its eyes (see photos)

The students were fully aware of Rabies and what they should do if bitten, as they had been taught that last year (they proudly told us). We asked how many had pets, and the majority had dogs – very few cats.

This school adopted 2 kittens about 6 months ago in an effort to encourage awareness and care of pets, this has worked very well, with most of the children now coming to the office at break time to talk, feed or play with them. In Swazi society this is a great forward step.

I am also pleased to let you all know that we just recevied permission from both Kandwandwe Chiefdom and the Swaziland Veterinary Association for another Community Spay Day on June 25, 2016.  We are very excited about this.  Kandwandwe Chiefdom is close to Mshingishingini Chiefdom where we previously held a Community Spay Day. When Vusumnotfo went last Saturday to request permission, it was clear that they had heard good things about the activity and were very pleased that it was coming to their community this time. 

It is for this reason that we have extended the budget for this project. With many Thanks for your continued assistance in helping us make this happen. 

Every one helping to wash
Every one helping to wash
Feb 9, 2016

Progressive Change

Thobile and son
Thobile and son

When you view the last picture in this report (unfortunately, not an uncommon sight), you will appreciate how the lack of animal care results in difficult animals, which drives people’s fear of their own dogs or cats, which contributes to the continued rough treatment of these animals... As children take what they see daily as normal, this cycle is compounded negatively.

Contrast this with a person who has experienced the enjoyment of interacting with a well cared for cat or dog.

As I live right next to our office and training site, my dogs (DJ, Kookie, Rhino and Ziggy) and cats (UFO, Funken and Ella) interact regularly with participants attending Vusumnotfo training activities.

It gives me great pleasure to witness participants transitioning from first day fear, to second day nervousness, to third day tolerance, to fourth day greeting the animals by name, and by the last day of a workshop, sharing their lunch scraps with my dogs and cats.

The picture of Thobile and her son was taken on the last day of such a workshop. The picture of Ziggy, well Ziggy just assumes that she belongs every where and that every one loves her …. This unconditional love being the gift that a well cared for animal gives.

Thank you for your support in helping make this really fun project happen. We appreciate your help in passing the message that animal care services, combined with education on how to care for and enjoy the companionship of animals, is a wonderful way to promote the development of empathy in young children (and by extension, our humanity).

Ziggy
Ziggy
Unfortunately, not an uncommon sight
Unfortunately, not an uncommon sight
Dec 2, 2015

Slowly but surely

Ok, so this is sorta nice
Ok, so this is sorta nice

After Ginger and Griffin started to feel comfortable in the office, it was time to introduce the students. We started with the Grade 4 class, because this is the class that Lance is in, he being the only student who was used to having cats as pets.

However, the other students are fast becoming used to Griffin and Ginger. To be honest, it has surprised me at how quickly they are letting down their guard and and letting go of their fears.

But then again, a well cared for kitty is one of lifes pleasures, as our students are starting to have first hand expose too. Already a few students first thing upon arrival, are stopping by to greet Ginger and Griffin.

Thank you for your support in helping make this really fun yet important project happen. Your help in passing the message that by bringing animal care services, combined with education, to rural Swaziland, together we can teach young children how to care for and enjoy the companionship of animals. Promoting the development of empathy in young children will contribute to a better future for us all.

A little bit scared, a little bit OK
A little bit scared, a little bit OK
Lance, Ginger and Griffin - a picture of happiness
Lance, Ginger and Griffin - a picture of happiness
 
   

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