Lulama Sikweza, Ikamva Labantu’s Aromatherapist, resumed her work last month, following the opening of the senior clubs. Lulama has blessed Ikamva Labantu’s staff and participants with her services for over 20 years.
“I’m very excited to be working again because it’s been a long two years. I felt lighter on the first day back because I’ve been feeling down and frustrated not being able to do my work,” Lulama says adding that the seniors are very excited to see her and that she is encouraged by their warm welcome.
The seniors revealed that they’ve been struggling to sleep at night, but the massages help them to relax and ease their bodily pains. They had missed Lulama and the new seniors that have recently joined the clubs are also happy to receive the massages.
Ikamva Labantu’s Health Department has also been carrying out vision and auditory screenings. Both these services are vital to the health of our participants who are always grateful to receive them.
One of our Health CBW’s, Nombulelo Ralane, screened 19 seniors from our Umelwane Programme for hearing last year. “I discovered that many couldn’t hear properly and so we referred them to their nearest clinics,” she says. Nombulelo added that about 200 pre-schoolers from various preschools around Khayelitsha will be receiving vision screening in April as part of a pilot project.
Ikamva Labantu’s Health Programme is set to resume its pre-COVID 19 activities from June. We are looking forward to moving full steam ahead.