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...
Jul 28, 2015

#12 - Before and After

Spade dog & not spade dog - from same homestead
Spade dog & not spade dog - from same homestead

The dog that I brought to the spay day at Mshingishingini was skeletal and in very bad health, so it failed to wake up properly after its operation. The doctors ended by taking it with them to town, to give it extra attention. I lost faith that it would make it but surprisingly, the doctors brought it back in good physical shape - with no fleas and no ticks. Now I don’t reprimand it when it comes into the house, instead I call it and pet it and play with it like friends. If dogs knew how to talk we would have some fun conversations.

Spaying of the dogs helped us significantly, because another of my dogs that was not spayed died one day due to straying to other people’s homesteads at night and becoming a nuisance. I woke up one morning and found it dead in front of my house. It had vomited around the yard, so I sniffed at it suspecting that it has been poisoned with the habitual weevil tablet but could not detect a whiff of it. I therefore could not ascertain what killed my dog; however, by looking at the vomit I could tell that it had eaten left over food from neighboring homesteads.

When I found it, the puppies were still milking from their dead mother, which also made me realize that whatever my dog ate was not the medicinal kind of poison. I think whoever did this crashed bottles and mixed it with the food and the dog swallowed the bottles with the food and died.

What I am grateful for is that my other dogs will not meet this kind of death because since they got spayed, they have not left home for other people’s homesteads; even the younger dog, which is not yet spayed, has learned good behavior from the spayed dogs.

NOTE: In Swaziland, it is common for dogs to not be in good condition, be wandering around scavenging, killing and eating domestic chickens, stealing eggs, and fighting with each other. Given this, it is not uncommon for people to poison dogs.

Before treatment
Before treatment
After treatment - thanks to your donations!
After treatment - thanks to your donations!
May 1, 2015

Report #11 - Each day is like Christmas

Gladys her son & Hippo, Takkies, Vutha and Peaches
Gladys her son & Hippo, Takkies, Vutha and Peaches

Although I am from Emvembili community, I felt I should not lose this chance because I have had a spayed dog before and I know the beauty and good works of a spayed dog. For this reason, I asked a special request to be allowed to bring my dog to Mshingishingini community spay day.

My dogs have always been in good health but it helped me to get them spayed because there is peace at home now. Visitors would get no sleep due to the noise caused by the dogs that have come for the female dog on heat (estrus). It was also wearing for me to feed puppies because they ended up being too many and selling was always futile; people wanted them for free: Five of my goats got mauled to death by the dogs attracted by the female dogs, so I told myself that I want to be “stress free!” and spayed all my dogs.

On another note; I have the Jack Russell type of dogs, now that they are spayed they have developed a new habit; I do not buy weevil tablets for poisoning rats anymore because in the morning when I wake up, I find dead rats lying around on the yard. My dogs catch and kill rats, even the big rats. To me each day is like Christmas because I spayed my dogs.

Narrated by: Gladys 

Mine lokuphakulisa ngakuhawukela kuselapha khashane ngatsi nome kusengakefiki Emvembili sangakami akungangendluli ngobe ngasengike ngaba nayo inja lephakuliwe, ngabubona buhle bayo nemisebenti lemihle leyiwentako.

Tativele titinhle tami tinja kodvwa kwangisita kutsi tiphakulwe ngobe nyalo sekunekuthula lekhaya.

Nawuvakashelwe bantfu abalali nakunenja lekhwelwako ngenca yalomsindvo letiwubanga ebusuku. Besengikhatsele nakondla lemidlwane, ngobe nayo igcine iminyenti kakhulu futsi nawutsi uyayitsengisa bantfu abayitsengi bayifuna mahhala. Netimbuti tami letisihlanu tadliwa tinja tasemtini letindvuna lebetiphekuta kuleletinsikati; ngavele ngatsi “stress free!” ngatiphakula tonkhe.

Ngineluhlobo lwetinja lolutamaku, loku setiphakuliwe seticale lomunye umkhuba, kusa tidzaceke emagundvwane labaleni ngoba tihlala lekhaya busuku bonkhe. Mine nje angisawatsengi emaphilisi engobolwane kutsi ngitowubulala emagundvwane ngawo. Tiwabamba tiwabulale ngisho nalamakhulu langaka. Cha vele kungukhisimusi onkhemalanga kimi kuphakula tinja tami.

Ibhalwe ngu: Gladys 

Vusumnotfo collected Glady'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 both Swaziland Animal Welfare Society and Vusumnotfo are receiving, with your support, we would very much like to carry out two more community spay days in 2015. 

Apr 22, 2015

Report #10 - My dogs are beautiful now

Thembi bringing her dogs to after care
Thembi bringing her dogs to after care

It was beneficial for me to have my dogs spayed because they are beautiful now and they no longer wander off to other people’s homesteads. Even community people ask me how I did it.

When I am asleep at night my dog would go around eating waste food from neighboring homes, and I feared for it because some homesteads smear their left over food with weevil tablets to exterminate dogs roaming their homes at night.

What also pleased me about spaying my dogs is that I was getting irritated of the new puppies every now and then. The dog would give birth to cute puppies that all eventually die. I could not figure out why this kept happening because my dog took its vaccines appropriately. Then I learned that both mating dogs must have their vaccines, or the puppies will die. This brought me to the conclusion of spaying my dog, so as to give it and myself peace of mind.

Narrated by: Thembi 

Ngisitakele kutsi ngiphakule tinja tami ngobe setinhle futsi atisaphumi tiye lemitini nabomakhelwane bangibuta kutsi ngitente ngani.

Bengitsi uma ngilele iphume ihambe iyofuna kudla lokulahliwe emitini yabomakhelwane. Besengesaba ngobe kuleminye imiti bavele batsatse emaphilisi engobolwane babhoce lokudla kute tinja letifika ebusuku tidle tife.

Lokunye lokwangijabulisa ngalokuphakulwa kwalenja kutsi bengidzinwa ngulemidlwane. Beyitala badlwane labahle kepha bagcine bafe bonkhe. Bengingacondzi kutsi kwenteka kanjani loku ngobe yami inja beyijova base bayangitjela kutsi nome ingajova, yahlangana nalengajovi labadlwane bayafa. Ngase ngiyabona kutsi kuncono ngiyiphakule lenja ivele itihlalele inje nami ngiphumule.

Ibhalwe ngu: Thembi 

Vusumnotfo collected Thembi'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 to August, 2015.

 
   

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