Nineteen-year-old Gina Brandt has joined the Healing Earth Foundation as an intern and assistant, and has already learnt a great deal in her very first week with us. Here she recounts her introduction to our three 2016 beneficiaries:
“My first experience as an intern with the Healing Earth Foundation was fun, exciting and a real eye opener. I learnt about the Heal Your Life program by Louise Hay and the Yoga4Kids program which we do with the kids. These are aimed at bringing balance, focus, direction and joy to the little people that we work with. In Ihata Shelter for Abused women and children the children streamed in, all ages and backgrounds but all with a willing and excited mindset. They learnt about what it means to be a ‘yogi’ and the values they entail, like kindness, selflessness and discipline just to name a few. The little ones were engaged in our presence and enjoyed using different crayons to express themselves; they drew beautiful things like being in nature, the sun, flowers, angels and as far as their imagination could travel.
On Fridays we travel to SA Children’s Home in Gardens. These children are precious little beings, they all showed much happiness with large smiles and open hearts. They thoroughly enjoyed the different ways we can conserve our environment by drawing people planting plants, throwing away litter and saving water. With the teens we did some personal development, where they shared the doors they want to close in their lives and the ones they would like to open, in this way opening up their possibilities and dreams for the future. Our third beneficiary is St George’s Home for Girls in Wynberg, which has a very special and unique energy to work in. The girls have go-to energy and really began to understand the positive affirmations we did with them. They loved doing the word shower, where they compliment each other with positive words like ‘you are kind, you are beautiful and you are perfect,’ for example. They enjoy the love that their friends give them, which helps them release negative thoughts and breathe in positivity.
In the months to come we will be doing more exciting things like starting the yoga program where we work on their breathing, their flexibility and balance as well as their strength and also becoming more relaxed. This is highly beneficial to their schoolwork, relationships and development as little people in this big world.” – Gina Brandt