T here were times in my life when I doubted the strength of goodness and compassion in the world and the power of love within me. Being part of Work for Love has changed me. Every day I encounter life situations that inspire hope, cour- age, and wisdom. In Work for Love I have seen a humanity I didn’t know existed. We all want to make a difference and we’re willing to work for it. Week after week, we come together for a purpose. At the beginning it was often just to see what would happen. But we’ve begun to create real magic. Time and again, we have observed the heart of communi- ty growing. People from different communities are becoming friends, reaching out, keeping each other safe and creating new programmes together. 2010! What a year!! And once again we are building during the Christmas holidays! This time it is 2 new classrooms, a double story extension to the existing Siyakhula Waldorf Educare school building. After the fund- ing from Germany was confirmed on the 10th of December we had 3 working days to catch people before they went off on holiday! A build- ing inspector, engineer, land surveyor came to view to site and (with the help of our angel), we secured the last load of sand and stone before the quarry closed. On December 15th the children had a festival that had Work for Love been beautifully prepared by their teachers. After the festival, during the celebratory meal that marks their last day of school, the big trucks arrived bringing building blocks and dumping sand, stone and ma- chines…what excitement! Of course the children wanted to share their Christmas 2010 meal with the builders and proudly brought them plates heaped with food. Then, as the children were preparing to go home, the cement mix- er started it’s churning. While the children are away on holiday, it will be laying a strong foun- Newsletter dation in readiness for their return in the New Year! In November the Work for Love Management Committee got to- gether for a full, fruitful day of strategic plan- ning. We looked at our strengths and our weaknesses, laughed a lot and left with hope, clarity and a fresh re- alization that marvel- lous things are indeed happening. In this newsletter you will read about Ocean View, where Work for Love volunteers now also offer massage My School Card training, a weekly wellness morning and outreach work; about the massage business taking off and mas- With a ‘My School Card’ you get extra discounts and you help the school of your choice as 1% of your pur- seuses flying across the country to offer massages; the teacher’s perspective on Siyakhula school; our heart chase will be allocated to the school. Please choose the Siyakhula Educare Centre in Masiphumelele as warming Christmas Party and a local high school student’s plight. We try, but can never adequately express your school of choice. http://www.myschooltest.co.za/myschool_village/villages/myschool_form.php- our gratitude to the many Work for Love funders, donors, volunteers and friends. We hope you, too, will feel encouraged to find your own way to make a difference. In this, you will be supporting Work for Love’s mis- sion to grow the heart of community, build bridges and close gaps through the creativity and resourceful- ness in each one. Please note that we have changed our bank account details in order to save bank charges (see Thank you – Without all you generous support we could not do the work we do. end of Newsletter). Nicola Cox Donations: Alistair and Sally Berg, Jason, Eileen and Liz Curtis who sponsored the purchase of land, Anne Hanna, Anna and Atla and their friends in Norway, Imhoff Waldorf School, Michael Baumgartner, Karin Vuyiswa Phakathi, our office manager Litschi, Alison Nightingale of OhsoBoho, the Kommetjie Bookclub, Margie Robertson and Nick Murgatroid, Since April Work for Love has had a very special office manager. Her Petra Knaus, Moni of Around About Cars, Jinx Nangle, Richard Cox, Sisler Builders, Claudia Williams, Marianne name is Vuyiswa. From the beginning she effortlessly embraced the vi- Ledermann, Brigitte Stehlik, Trisha Lord, Amelie Raith and friends, Marion Weston, Yates Williams, Jenny sion of Work for Love and has become the link that holds all the various Bovim, Kim of African Touch, Zelda Mycroft of the Chaeli Campaign, Die Freude der Erziehungskunst, Kjetil, programmes together as well as welcoming new volunteers. She han- Fiona Le-Maitre George, Jess Koekebakker and friends and Zoe Muffet. dles difficulties with grace and professionalism and we are proud to have Sponsorships: Around About Cars, Hazel Anderson, Susanne Berghammer, Anna and Atla Anderson, her as the public ‘face’ of Work for Love. Anne and Kjetil Hanna and friends, Kim and Marc Frankels, Evelien Lamberts, Conny and Antonio Hummel, When you phone our office (021 785 4431) whether to book a mas- Armin and Dorit Weiss, Inge, Anna, Wolfgang Matejek, Mary Butlin, Guthrie and Rushton, Annie Lomax, Peter sage or find a volunteer position, Vuyiswa’s clear voice will greet you, Kemp, Intec, Kathryn Le Roux, Samantha Squire Howe, Rolf Bosse, Albrecht und Wiebke Huettig, Winfried ready to assist! and Dorothea von der Linden Amelie Raith, from Germany In kind donations: Laura Santamarina, Electrospec, Karen Suskin, Robyn Davis, Sheila Millar, Mary G Haeuptle, Carolyn Clark, Louise Adler, Frankels, the Kommetjie Bookclub, Evelien Lamberts, Marion Penfold, Can you imagine a 19-year-old girl from Germany coming to South Africa Zip Print, Carel van der Merwe, Cecilia Solis-Peralta, Denise Linnegar, Imhoff Waldorf Parent Body and Teachers, for one year to work 8 – 4.30, Mon – Fri, in the middle of a township in Denise Klassen, Jade Koury, Deon Marais, Gary Simons, CCE, Yolanda Drewel, Samantha Wittenberg, Dominic a tiny, crowded Educare centre? Amelie, a Waldorf School graduate, has Cull, Rocket Films, Compass Bakery, Rodger’s fruiterers- Meryl Rodgers, Ann Allen, Shirely Jones, Mrs. Webber, joined us in Masiphumelele. She brings beauty and joy to every situation Dawn Hare, Nina Schwartz, Karen, Karin Blumer, Denzil, Doreen Zanyiwe, Edelgard, Tabankhulu Volunteers, and works very hard. She is loved by both teachers and children alike. Jenkor, Ruben Builder, Pennypinchers, Catholic Church Masi and OV, Ann Bullen, Salvation Army, Emzantsi, Amelie, thank you for coming to SA and bringing so much! Kommetjie Restaurant, Scenic South Website. Volunteers: Shirley Watchow (admin, fundraising and lots more), Elaine Hackner (massage trainer), Jacqui Mortensen (coordinator of Masi wellness & sponsorships and finance), Anna and Atla Anderson (painting, Nola, what now? business plan and childcare), Wieke van Zyl (OV wellness and outreach coordinator), Michael Baumgaertner Nola is 16 years old and attends Fish Hoek High School on a Work for (evaluation and workshop), Richard Cox (plumbing, general building), Amelie Raith (educare assistant), Love sponsorship. She has just passed grade 10. Up until now she has Cecilia Solis-Peralta ( desktop publishing, management), Rebecca Sturgeon (fundraising event and vol- had a wonderful sponsor from Germany. The sponsor owned a trucking unteer contacts), Francis Black (work at Sinethemba Special Care), Karen Suskin (painting, sewing), Claire company and has generously paid a large percentage of Nola’s schooling Wylde (database for feeding schemes), Sarah Woods (database for feeding schemes), Cathwryn Williams ever since primary school. But a petrol price hike three years ago caused (OV wellness), Felix Xavir (general repairs at Siyakhula), Jonas Steinkraus (general repairs at Siyakhula), Kyoko her trucking business to go bankrupt. Nevertheless, she continued to Kimura (sponsorship assistance), Patience Nobandla (Wellness, Singing, Panting), Patience Booi (Educare support Nola. Every year at Christmas, despite the wintry conditions forum), Nonsikelelo Kafundo( Educare relief teaching), Peter van Maltitz (Wellness Morning), Phillip Nangle in Germany(brrr..!), she invited her friends to her home for a Christmas and Maurice Judge (music at Siyakhula opening event), Richard Goodall (prayer at Siyakhula opening Braai and managed to raise the money for Nola’s ongoing schooling. This year in November, Nola’s spon- event), Tamara Mbali(help at Siyakhula Christmas Party), Nompumelelo Seti (Siyakhula Parent Rep), Aadiela sor fell and broke her leg and had to spend a few weeks in hospital. She was unable to organize the annual Sampson (nutritional advice at Let’s Get Physical event), Alvin Castro( Event coordinator), Rowayda Bester Christmas Braai and cannot send money this year. (WfL Management), Denzil Jehoma( WfL Management), Jenny Bovim (editing), Laurine Le Roux (English les- sons), Talia Mayson (children’s outings). This has come at a time when Nola’s mother who is single and has always managed to pay more than half of Nola’s school fees with her earnings as a domestic worker, became incapacitated with a chronic illness. We are now appealing to all our friends and supporters to find creative ways to come up with R5000 per year Needs List for the remaining two years that Nola will be at Fish Hoek High School. If you would like to sponsor part of • Towels, Washing Maschine, Gas Stove, Stove, Kids Tables and Chairs, Waldorf Toys and Books Nola’s fees or have an idea on how to raise funds please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Vuyiswa after Jan10 on 021 785 4431. • Monthly sponsorship for students at Siyakhula Educare and for the Massage Outreach Workers. Christmas Messages from the Staff at Feedback from the Massage Workers on how they are using their training suggests that massage skills have touched and even transformed people’s lives on many different levels. The value of this work is profound! It has fuelled our vision to extend the massage training ; to create an awareness of this limitless resource lit- Masiphumelele Wellness Morning erally available at our fingertips – and through it to empower people to take more responsibility for their health and their lives. Next year we will be running training in both Masiphumele and Ocean View as we have a strong team of Thank you very much for the skill Work for Love gave. Everyday when I come to the wellness morning it is a massage workers in both communities to support the growth of this project. Thank you to all our volun- great joy to me to work with such amazing people. Whenever I have a client we talk and I will give the per- teers, (both visible and behind the scenes), for their dedication, time, inspiration and commitment. Thanks son a wonderful treatment. The person will be so grateful afterwards and give a great smile that is why I love and congratulations to the massage graduates for their perseverance and for spreading this work. It makes every moment of giving to my clients. it possible to dream with our feet on the ground! Betty January Masseuse 2008, Outreach Worker and Level 1 trainer 2010 Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave me and for your generosity in teaching me skills I never knew. We are working as a good team. A good team player is one who respects herself and others; listens to what other people have to say; sets aside her own ego and concentrates on the well-being and goals of the group. Mandisa Gxekwa Masseuse 2009 and Outreach Worker I, Nicolette, am thanking you for so many things you have done for me. I never thought that today I would be a massage worker. I can help people in the community and I can stand up in front of people telling them what is good and helpful and how massage can help them. Thanks for the skills you gave to us and I hope you can do more. Nicolette Dumo Masseuse 2009 and Outreach Worker I feel honored to be part of the team of people who give so much of themselves in many hours of attempt- ing to educate and improve the lives of people in the community. I feel especially honored to have met amazing individuals who have now learned the art of massage and are also committed to giving of them- selves. These people in Masiphumelele and Ocean View are Angels whom I have come to love. Jacqui Mortensen Reflexologist - Life style councilor NEW Bank Account Details: Primary Account Details Massage Training (Elaine Hackner, Massage Trainer) Account Name: Work for Love Looking back over 2010, I think we can be proud of what we have achieved. Through dedicated team work, we successfully introduced massage training to Ocean View. Previous massage graduates from courses Bank: First National Bank (FNB) held in Masiphumele, Betty January and Rowayda Bester, ran level 1 over 3 months, in chair, hand and foot Branch: Fish Hoek massage to 10 people. Level 2 in full-body-oil massage (run over 3 months), also produced 10 success- ful graduates who give a wonderful treatment. Level 2 included special input from aromatherapist and Branch Code: 20-23-09-00 nurse, Sabina Morison , on working with HIV \AIDS. In addition, Nazila Shalabi still managed to squeeze in a Account Number: 62290739873 full week end course in Indian Head massage, just to round off the year. Account Type: Business Transmission Account Altogether, over 50 people have received training in the Healing Art of Massage since 2008. Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ Driving home from the Work for Love Christmas party the other night, I mulled over the evening events. I attrib- For three days we worked non-stop, or so it seemed to us masseuses. From day one, there was an unbroken queue uted my warm feeling as much to the food as to the fun and laughter that was so abundant that even the Galley of men and women, many in the regulation uniform of orange and blue overalls and heavy black boots. Most had Restaurant staff remarked upon it. I was especially delighted that I had been one of three to draw a lucky ‘1’ that made never received massage before in their lives but translations offered by Sisiwe confirmed the impression that eve- me eligible to receive one of Nicola’s three angel cards. Founder member, Nicola Cox had sprinkled the evening with ryone was convinced of its healing properties. I found the pressure quite overwhelming and so during my short gifts and good wishes but I knew that everyone else at the party had been so much more deserving than me. All I lunch break, I stepped outside the Buffalo City Municipal Employees’ Wellness Centre for a breath of fresh air. I no- did was to re-join Work for Love very recently after a period of absence. In fact, at the start of the evening, I had found ticed a man in overalls smiling at me. As I greeted him, his smile broadened and he confided that his joy was the it a little daunting to be seated amidst 18 members, most of whom were strangers. However, by the time the little result of having received a massage! I was so struck by the light shining from his face that I reached for my camera. basket was passed around for the angel card numbers to be picked, it was towards the end of the meal and I was He was literally smiling from ear to ear! Victor Tam’s appreciation so refreshed and rejuvenated me that I gladly re- feeling more relaxed. So I agreed to make a little speech, a sort of angel card acceptance speech, in the hope that turned to my work. my story would serve as a blessing to the event. In my car, thinking about that, I had a sudden sharp pang of regret. I had omitted the best part! Eish! Over the next two days, in Mdantsane and King William’s Town, we en- countered a seemingly insatiable demand for massage. Alongside the It was the story about taking three of Work for Love’s graduate mas- enormous enthusiasm for our work arose other, more ambiguous com- seuses to the Eastern Cape in October to participate in a sponsored ments such as the ones that questioned the appropriateness of being Wellness event for the Buffalo City Municipal workers. They were touched by strange women! Again, had it not been for the translations Mandisa Gxekwa, Betty January and Sisiwe Dumo. Mandisa and Betty offered by the Masi team members, such remarks would have gone were both at the Christmas Party. Sisiwe (Nicolette) was not, though over the rest of our heads. We were beginning to appreciate some of she certainly stood out in my story. In the first place, she and Betty had the complexities inherent in making an offering that is culturally alien never flown before and they were pretty excited. As the plane taxied to the local populace. Could it be that our good intentions were capa- down the runway, there was a deafening screech from the seat in front ble of being misinterpreted? It was sometimes lonely to be working of me! In that instant it seemed that all the other passengers spun without the benefit of a shared language. Whenever I became insecure around to see who was responsible. Sisiwe! Amazingly, every one of about the effect of my efforts, I took comfort from eye contact. I found those faces was wearing a huge grin! The usual anonymity and solemnity invoked by those high-backed aircraft it deeply reassuring that every person sitting down for a massage be- chairs seemed to have been cracked open by Sisiwe’s excitement. It was as though she had reminded everyone of came an opportunity to connect. that feeling. I marvelled at how her openness had bonded a planeload of passengers! At the end of the third day we masseuses were tired! While some of us rested, Wendy and I walked to the beach- Later, after we’d settled in at our lodgings down near the East London beachfront, we went looking for somewhere front to scout for a place to have a celebratory ‘last supper’. Along the way we discovered an extraordinary statue, to eat. The closest place was Chinese, cuisine that was also new to members of our group. Despite initial resistance the details of which were arrestingly silhouetted against the darkening East London sky. We felt drawn towards it and somewhat disdainful facial expressions, our Masi masseuses agreed to give it a whirl! Learning to eat with chop- until, at last, we were looking up at a sculpture of a human figure surrounded by flying birds. In the beaks of the sticks offered great entertainment! It also takes longer to eat a meal with chopsticks so as the afternoon progressed birds, as well as in the two upraised hands were threads that together, like lines of longitude, defined the shape we had ample time to listen to each other’s stories. Betty, for example, told us she comes from the Free State. She of the earth. We marvelled at the way in which the sculptured hands mirrored our own efforts to raise the spirits had never been to the region that is home to her Masi colleagues. I was grateful we had caught that early flight and the bodies of all the municipal workers who had literally passed through our hands during the previous three and had this chance delve a bit deeper than we usually get to do in our busy lives. Sharing in this way brought us days. The inscription, calling it a “Symbol of Multiculturalism”, included a quote by Madiba himself: “We might have all closer together. our differences but we are one people with a common destiny in our rich variety of culture, race and tradition”. The Next morning prior to setting off for work, I felt a little disconsolate about our rather rundown, out-of-season ac- significance was undeniable! Our quest had been to find a place to eat. Instead, Wendy and I had found the defini- commodation. It was rainy and cold and I felt far away from home. Suddenly, out of nowhere, angelic voices began tive symbol of our week of massage in Buffalo City! to sing! My spirits literally soared. Early morning singing of such extraordinary sweetness made me think that the This revelation was the part I had omitted from my story at the Work for Love Christmas party. My regret included neighbourhood was not so bad after all! I wanted to share it with the others but as I headed indoors to tell them knowing that that particular audience would have especially appreciated it. The statue and the accompanying about it, I noticed the sound was closer than I’d thought…it was coming from the bathroom! Mandisa, Betty and quotation speak for all of our lives in South Africa but of course, in certain ways, it is more poignant for some than Sisiwe were singing together in the showers! They had said they had met up through Work for Love so by what mira- others. It irritated me that I had preferred to tell jokes rather than to express the genuine sense of upliftment that cle did they come to sound so unified? I was blown away…. sharing those days with Sisiwe, Mandisa and Betty had brought me. Wendy had even written to me saying that the trip had been “a highlight” of her life! Indeed, the Christmas party itself, a circle of 18 people from all walks of life and from different provinces, continents, language groups and cultures, was equally a Symbol of Multiculturalism. It was a wonderful evening that was more nutritious than a three-course meal will ever be. I mentally berated my- self for lacking the presence of mind that I so aspire to having. But just then, my angel card came to my rescue! Yes, by some unfathomable grace, the words on that card consoled and soothed me just in time to preserve the warm Christmas party afterglow. “Be gentle with yourself,” my angel card said. “You are growing…Patience”. And, to cap it all, I remembered that Patience, a brand new friend, had been sitting right beside me! Jennifer Bovim Massage Training Looking back over 2010, I think we can be proud of what we have achieved. Through dedicated team work, we successfully introduced massage training to Ocean View. Previous massage graduates from courses held in Masiphumele, Betty January and Rowayda Bester, ran level 1 over 3 months, in chair, hand and foot massage to 10 people. Level 2 in full-body-oil massage (run over 3 months), also pro- duced 10 successful graduates who give a wonderful treatment. Level 2 included special input from aromatherapist and nurse, Sabina Morison , on working with HIV \AIDS. In addition, Nazila Shalabi still managed to squeeze in a full week end course in Indian Head massage, just to round off the year. Altogether, over 50 people have received training in the Healing Art of Massage since 2008. Feedback from the Massage Workers on how they are using their training suggests that massage skills have touched and even transformed people’s lives on many different levels. The value of this work is profound! It has fuelled our vision to extend the massage training ; to create an awareness of this lim- itless resource literally available at our fingertips – and through it to empower people to take more re- sponsibility for their health and their lives. Next year we will be running training in both Masiphumele and Ocean View as we have a strong team of massage workers in both communities to support the growth of this project. Thank you to all our vol- unteers, (both visible and behind the scenes), for their dedication, time, inspiration and commitment. Thanks and congratulations to the massage graduates for their perseverance and for spreading this work. It makes it possible to dream with our feet on the ground! Pictured above: massage assessment, level 2 in Ocean View. Wieka van Zyl, Physiotherapist working on a client at the wellness morning in Ocean View. Pictured above: massage assessment, level 2 in Ocean View. Empowering women in Masiphumelele and Ocean View bookings, phone Vuyiswa: The Healing Art of Massage 021 785 4431 – 074 6184748 Professionally trained • ½ hr hand massage R80 • ½ hr chair massage,back\neck & shoulders R120 • ½ hr foot massage R120 • 60 min back massage R220 20% of the proceeds go towards • 90 min full body oil massage R320 supporting • 60 min Remedial or Therapeutic massage\ cranio sacral R350 Work for Love’s Wellness Morning, therapy with Elaine Hackner (massage trainer) Massage Training and • 90 min Thai massage with Elaine Hackner R400 Home Visit Programme. Non-Profit-Organisation • 60 min reflexology treatment with Jacqui Mortensen R220 Thank you for your contribution. 066-089-NPO • 2 hrs shiatsu treatment with Jacqui Mortensen R400 R50 travel cost • 60 min Instant Relief massage (oil-free) with Jen Bovim R300 • 2 hr Thai Massage (oil-free) with Jen Bovim R450 We can come to you! www.workforlove.co.za email@example.com Siyakhula Educare Centre by teachers, Zanele Rasmeni and Akhona Gom Looking back on the last year makes us proud. We see a lot of progress and we are feeling strong about going forward into the coming year. We were able to move into a lovely proper building this year. We are doing our best to keep it clean, tidy and a safe place for our 30 kids. We are happy to say that two of our teachers are successfully studying the Waldorf way of teaching at the Centre for Creative Education. We are receiving a lot of positive influence from that. Throughout the year we have had various struggles that have resulted in the teachers becoming clos- er friends and a good team. Also, we are proud to say that we are surrounded by supportive, commit- ted parents who are actively forming our young school alongside us. But our most important progress and our pride lie with the children themselves. We are glad to see them growing out of their nappies, learning English, jumping with skipping ropes and becoming more eager to learn and explore the world every day.