Read this article about our CLAY CARE workshops for care workers and foster mums.  Taken from http://www.women24.com/Wellness/BodyAndSpirit/Foster-mothers-need-TLC-too-20120514

Foster mothers from Home from Home who take care of up to six abandoned children each, had a day of being pampered and treated to some TLC for a change.

We all treasure a bit of time off to do something that relaxes and re-energises us. For a group of mothers from Stellenbosch and Khayelitsha this Mother’s Day offered a rare opportunity to experience just that, at Art in the Forest, a tranquil haven of creativity in the sloping forest on top of Constantia Nek, overlooking the Cape Peninsula.

These are no ordinary women. Yes, they are career juggling moms like many of us. But what makes them so special is that they are each full-time foster mothers to up to six children for an NGO that cares for over 150 orphaned, abandoned or neglected children in 26 homes across 12 communities in the Western Cape. They are Home from Home moms.air track gymnastics

These moms were treated to “CLAY CARE”, a programme offered every Friday to partner charities of the Light from Africa Foundation. The day is designed to make them “feel alive, nurtured, playful, positive, confident, accepted, acknowledged, loved and cared for”, says foundation managing director Catherine Bolton.

“Today we were laughing so much!” says Mary-Jane, a foster mom of 6 in Khayelitsha. For many moms it was their first blissful encounter with Indian head massage, reflexology and awakening their creative side – and in one of the most beautiful places some have ever seen.

For Rosie, the day of pampering was wonderful. “This is a really nice break. I really appreciate this,” she says.
Home from Home co-founder and development director Pippa Shaper, says their mothers do an “incredible” job. “We are delighted that our friends at Light from Africa have treated our foster moms to this very special day.

They really deserve a chance to be pampered and have some time to themselves. To give your all to children who are not biologically your own, and who often have very serious problems can be very draining and we are thrilled to be able to give something back to show our appreciation this Mother’s Day.”

Pottery teacher Lissa Claassens showed the moms how to make clay bowls and do a simple meditation. “The bowl symbolises themselves, being givers and receivers. Through re-energising these women we try to give them the tools to carry on with their important work.”

Shaper says as a very ‘woman based’ organisation, Home from Home is only too aware of the enormous sacrifices that women make caring for others, usually putting themselves last. The NGO is seven years old this month.

“With the crisis that South Africa faces with the numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in our society, this problem could not be addressed without the grannies, the carers, and the women who are prepared to give up everything to mother other people’s children. Our foster moms are real heroes – selflessly they offer their hearts, compassion, time and energy to children who have often never experienced a normal loving family life.”

 To find out more about these workshops, please contact Catherine Bolton at catherine@lightfromafrica.com