Different Lifespace – Similar Heartspace

(Dutch) Celebrity Karen Bloemen, Annemaria (Xhosa) and Rina (Sotho) - Singing, dancing and fun in perfect harmony - Wowing the crowds recently  at the CBI Community Based tourism stand at the Utrecht Vakantiebeurs in the Netherlands

(Dutch) Celebrity Karen Bloemen, Annemaria (Xhosa) and Rina (Sotho) –
Singing, dancing and fun in perfect harmony – Wowing the crowds recently at the CBI
Community Based tourism stand at the Utrecht Vakantiebeurs in the Netherlands

In our work in the communities with the Kamammas and encounters with groups or individuals internationally, it is clear that grief, anger, loss, lack of identity or confidence, are universally encountered and experienced physiological state and emotions which affect, health and impact on social behaviour and ability to cope. Dreamcatcher works holistically and we do not ignore the impact that grief and loss has had or still persists for many Kamammas. However: Dreamcatcher staff and Kamammas live in the spirit of Ubuntu (we are who we are through our association with others), we facilitate opportunities to express grief, loss or anger and talk about it and share if they feel the need and then to move on to grow. This freedom and confidence in sharing, helps the Kamamma’s to emerge stronger and emotionally spirited to deal with their personal encounters in communities across South Africa.

A high standard of living or wealth cannot guarantee immunity against the above emotional situations. Though the lifestyle of visitors and volunteers travelling with Dreamcatcher may differ vastly from that of the Kamamma or Bhuti in townships and communities in South Africa, the need to reach out and share, have fun, laugh and cry is, universal and what makes us human.

The two unique projects linked to this page, are shared as an example of the surprising results which can be achieved by acknowledging the universality of emotions and benefits of projects working together towards a better life and healing for the Kamammas and those they encounter on our incredible journey of empowerment at Dreamcatcher.

The impact on visitors and volunteers coping with the same phenomenon has been reported to be profound. While immersed in a different culture, volunteers on the project soon discover that having fun, laughing out loud, sharing grief, frustration, anger, tears and special moments are universal to all and possible for all who suffer these emotions to reach out to each other to meet each other half way in true Ubuntu with Dreamcatcher in Kamamma communities in South Africa.