Story book time is always time
Integration across our activities strengthens our impact:
Nosmilo waiting for her Shonaquip device to be refitted i.e. providing structured support to children with special needs at family level.
While her sister enjoys reading a BookDash book to her i.e. promoting a love of bilingual reading.
While Chaco watches over them both i.e. using animal care as a positive demonstration of responsiblity and empathy to children.
I enjoy watching when new participants come for training at Vusumnotfo. On Monday many are nervous of the dogs, Rocky, Chaco and Rhino. By Tuesday participants are becoming a bit more relaxed. By Wednesday I find each dog sitting in front of the person who has started sharing food scraps during lunch. By Thursday I hear participants greeting the dogs by name. By Friday people are asking about why our dogs are so healthy and friendly compared to theirs.
This gives many teachable moments to explain about dog care and dog behavior. We promote the services of Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) which is where we got Rocky, Chaco and Rhino (and through the years, all of the dogs and cats that have been part of the Vusumnotfo family)
Government schools reopened last week after another closure due to COVID-19. SAWS is confirming if they can import the drugs needed for the spay day, as there have been some supply chain issues. Fingers crossed we will be moving forward on our next spay activity in the very near future. People are asking and calling about it all the time now!
Your interest and support is highly appreciated during these extra challenging times. Keep safe.
Tibi Tendlu participants enjoying kitty therapy