About the project
At present there are three volunteers working for the Lidgetton Community Project in a small village called Lidgetton, in the province of Kwazulu Natal. Two of the volunteers come from the township and are paid when the charity can afford it.
They are supporting 36 children from the Lidgetton township, whose parents have died from AIDS.
The children are orphans and have been taken in by a granny, auntie, sister or neighbour, who is usually struggling to make ends meet. The children range in age from 4 to 20 years. Normally once they have left school the charity stops supporting them.
The idea is that the charity is a stop-gap while the carers are applying for their government child support grants. However, due to many of them not having the necessary documents (ie. birth certificates, death certificates etc.), and Social Welfare`s very slow processing, the charity often lands up supporting some children after the leaving-school period.
The charity supplies the children with a food parcel each month, buys their school uniforms for them, collects and hands out second hand clothes, toys, blankets etc. and takes the children to the dentist or doctor when necessary. They also like to contribute to Birthday and Christmas presents where possible.
This is the area where I grew up in South Africa, and I would like to contribute in some small way back to the community that nurtured me so well as a child.
AIDS is not a simple topic in South Africa, however, I feel strongly about supporting the children who are on the receiving end of this deepening crisis.
We live in challenging times, especially financial, that so easily lead to fear and excessive self-absorption with ones own problems. However, we are all part of the bigger global picture too, and I believe that when we can offer something back to the community, in whatever form we can, this cycle of caring for another develops a deeper awareness, sensitivity and respect towards our fellow human beings, and towards ourselves. It opens the heart to a brighter awareness.
In Yoga, SEVA (Say-va) is a Sanskrit word for service. My service is through my yoga practice and teaching.
Each yoga class I teach, is also offering something back to this project. I donate a percentage of each class I teach to the project. So all my students are also contributing to this cause.
I make the contribution financial, as one of the volunteers is a friend of mine, so I know the money is used wisely. They can then use it for what they really need.
However, if anyone is interested to send parcels in some form, please contact me for the address details. This can be an interesting way to get your children involved - get them to sort through their toys and clothes and see what they don’t need. We usually all have more than we need.