Wo­men on s­treet get ma­ke­o­ver

George Herald - - MEDICAL SERVICES -

If so­me of the wo­men in the ac­com­pa­nying pho­to­graph look va­gue­ly fa­mi­li­ar, you may ha­ve seen them be­fo­re - li­ving on the streets of Ge­or­ge.

As part of a pro­ject to rein­tro­du­ce the­se wo­men in­to so­cie­ty, the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty hos­ted a lunch in their ho­nour last week - ad­ding a hair-do, ma­ke-up and a pret­ty dress for the oc­ca­si­on.

Hos­ted by the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty De­part­ment So­ci­al Ser­vi­ces and ai­med at re­sto­ring their dig­ni­ty and self-worth, the e­le­ven wo­men we­re tre­a­ted to a ma­ke-o­ver which cul­mi­na­ted in a mi­ni fashion show and a three­cour­se me­al.

They al­so re­cei­ved a ca­re pack of toi­le­tries. So­ci­al

Ser­vi­ces Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor Mer­cia Drag­hoen­der said the functi­on mar­ked a­not­her of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s out­re­ach pro­gram­mes un­der Pro­ject Ho­pe, which is ai­med at rein­tro­du­cing wo­men li­ving on the streets in­to so­cie­ty and, if suit­a­ble, reu­ni­ting them with their fa­mi­lies. “T­he­re are ma­ny sp­he­res of go­vern­ment and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons that play a ro­le and we are ta­king hands with all of them to help the­se wo­men find their way.”

Ge­or­ge Exe­cu­ti­ve Ma­yor Mel­vin Naik ap­pe­a­led to the wo­men to con­si­der the re­a­sons that led to them li­ving on the streets and to ma­ke work of chan­ging their li­ves for the bet­ter. “The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty in­vi­tes you to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the pro­gram­mes we ha­ve on of­fer. You can be a ro­le mo­del to your child­ren. T­he­re is ho­pe,” he said.

Ge­or­ge Exe­cu­ti­ve Ma­yor Mel­vin Naik and So­ci­al Ser­vi­ces Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor Mer­cia Drag­hoen­der (fourth from rig­ht) dres­sed up for the oc­ca­si­on to ma­tch their gue­sts’ lo­ve­ly out­fits.

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