I held my volunteer day at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children in Manenberg. For the day, I organised for friends of mine to share their skills and expertise with the women, and so create a day filled with a variety of transforming and empowering activities for them.
The activities included a gentle body workout by a pilates instructor; a talk on parenting skills by a social worker; a mini yoga and Shakti dance session by a yogini; and a guided meditation in the form of a storytelling by a hypnotherapist. there was also the option of hoola hooping, which both the moms and the children enjoyed.
While the women were engaged in the activities their children enjoyed a party that was arranged by 3 of my friends. The party included a clown named Jo-Jo, who the children loved! They also got to try cupcake decorating to add to the sweet eats in their party packs.
My mother made a hot, cooked meal for lunch using the money that was contributed by many people from my network. The women seemed to really enjoy this as they have only one meal a day that is made for them. With the help of others from the larger sphere of my network 4kgs of biscuits, a box of kiddie’s movies, 4 litres of Powerade, 3 large boxes of women’s and children’s clothing and a large children’s painting were given to the centre.
I believe the day was a great success!