Young com­mu­nity care­givers with a dream

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

HAVING a dream for a bet­ter to­mor­row is what mo­ti­vates a group of young women from the ru­ral heart of eMzingazi out­side Richards Bay.

Since ini­ti­at­ing their club, Women Dream­ing Ahead, in Fe­bru­ary last year, they con­tinue to rise to com­mu­nity chal­lenges.

Most joined the group to es­cape the neg­a­tiv­ity, which seems to be sweep­ing through the com­mu­nity, which is fraught with drug abuse and teenage preg­nancy as well as crime ow­ing to un­em­ploy­ment.

To­gether with com­mu­nity struc­tures such as Mpi­lonhle and the Soul City In­sti­tute, they also tar­get is­sues re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion and health as well as women and child abuse.

‘Most women don’t work and this group helps them un­der­stand that their life is not over and they can still have a pur­pose in life,’ said life skills coach Fik­ile Mthethwa.

Pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity care­givers

Not only do the Women Dream Ahead group em­power one an­other and con­duct com­mu­nity aware­ness cam­paigns, but they also look af­ter the frail and el­derly through their pen­sioner project.

Through this they take care of a num­ber of pen­sion­ers in the area, vis­it­ing them reg­u­larly and cook­ing and clean­ing their houses.

These bright young­sters also col­lect food parcels and clothes for dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies and hope to ex­pand their com­mu­nity care­giv­ing with the aid of a num­ber of projects.

Among these are a bead work project and a drama club.

They wish to get spon­sors and grow the bead project to en­sure fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.

They cur­rently con­duct their dis­cus­sions and projects in a small room at Lun­gelo Youth Devel­op­ment Cen­tre, but they hope to one day have their own venue which will as­sist them to sus­tain their projects.

Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

Slindile Mthembu, Khethiwe Mkhize and Nom­fundo Man­qele are known for their mod­ern cre­ative bead work

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