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Yumilah Govinden's Blog (9)

A unique experience : #Briquettes challenge

The very first time i saw the Dancing Jajas from As You Open Your Eyes (AYOYE) video i was in awe. I was caught in this whirlpool of ideas and emotions; all that I could do with this one gem of a video, all the people it could reach and all the emotions it aroused in me. Having myself been a facilitator for the AYOYE team here in Mauritius I couldn’t help but think,…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on June 3, 2018 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

AS YOU OPEN YOUR EYES-Poste Lafayette (Mauritius)

The human and learning experience

As the Visual Development team's journey in Poste Lafayette comes to a closure, as a SALTy individual I cannot but do my very own after experience reflection (AER). For sure my words will not do justice to this unique experience because certain things cannot be described but are just engraved deep within the heart.

What did I appreciate?

I loved the authenticity of my…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on August 27, 2017 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

As you open your eyes: Exploring Poste Lafayette (Mauritius)

As you open your eyes, you see beyond…

Beyond the hollow of empty eyes, the promise of a dream

Beyond the veil of the weary tears, the birth of a smile


As you open your eyes, you see above…

Above the fall of the gloom, the blossom of open arms

Above the fly of faded flowers, the hope for better days…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on July 9, 2017 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

As you open your eyes: Exploring Poste Lafayette (Mauritius)

David, Jessica and little baby Clara have reached Mauritius on Wednesday the 14th of June 2017.They have been warmly welcomed by the inhabitants of Poste Lafayette. The team started their field work the very next day and I am glad to be sharing the experience with them. So many things amazed me among which how little Clara interacted with the inhabitants. It was beautiful to witness how a child could connect people. I am proud to say that I now know what is a…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on June 22, 2017 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Two pinches of SALT for a holistic approach to literacy classes in Mauritius

It has been almost two months now since I have been working as a trainer for youngsters wishing to work in hotels in Mauritius. Youngsters between the age of 16 to 25 who are mostly from vulnerable groups and poverty pockets and who sadly have been out of mainstream education system a bit too early. So far, my experiences as an educator/trainer have been limited to doing creative workshops and facilitating for A.B.A (Applied Behavior Analysis) which is one of the approaches contributing to…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on April 26, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The path to dream building (Part 2)

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Pope John XXIII

As i announced the ending of the card making session i observed the girls. They…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on December 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

THE POWER OF DREAMS-The path to dream building (Part 1)

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I reached the centre for my “Card making workshop with kids” and the centre was closed. The keeper forgot to open the centre and he was unreachable. I stood outside with the five young girls and informed them that we shall wait thirty minutes and if the keeper…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on November 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

On the spot improvisation of SALT with children

Before the session started Mr Autry Haynes approached me and asked what were these 5 children doing. They were the children, nephews and grandchildren under 10 years of age of the women coming for SALT and they would be spending the next one and a half hour drawing all by themselves. My Haynes suggested that along with my friend, Jessinee, we improvise a session with the children.

We started the session asking the…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on November 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Two weeks of SALTiness :-)

I am profoundly impressed by the program. It made me think of the Salt March initiated by Gandhi which was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India so as indian are allowed to produce salt from the seawater in the coastal village, as was the practice of the local populace until British officials repeatedly used force to stop it.

The program to me is a non violent and legitimate act to make education accessible to each and everybody. It is giving back the power to the…


Added by Yumilah Govinden on October 14, 2016 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

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