New sign welcome

2015-07-28 15:40
A few of the residents and artists in front of the newly erected welcome sign in 7de Laan informal settlement in Strandfontein with representatives of charity organisations. The sign is made up of drawings by the residents. 

PHOTO: 
Samantha Lee

A few of the residents and artists in front of the newly erected welcome sign in 7de Laan informal settlement in Strandfontein with representatives of charity organisations. The sign is made up of drawings by the residents. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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A feeling of home has returned to the 7de Laan informal settlement in Strandfontein with the erection of a new welcome sign on Sunday.

For months, several organisations have been working in the area to restore pride and dignity and create unity for the residents in the area.

Destiny Changers Difference Makers (DCD) and Hosa, with community leaders in the area, have created a team which is dedicated to improvement in the lives of the residents. The settlement houses about 150 adults and 77 children.

The welcome sign was such a team effort, says Sandy Oostendorp, founder of DCD. It features the original drawings of close to 30 residents.

Oostendorp says the drawings were part of a competition hosted at the settlement to get more people involved.

Marco Spalke of Hosa, an organisation founded in Germany with a branch in South Africa, says he hopes this will make people take ownership of the sign.

His wife Justine says it was through divine intervention that they ended up at the settlement.

“We are both Christians and we prayed for God to show us what else there was for us to do,” she says.

She adds that they had been working in Khayelitsha for many years and wanted to continue their uplifting work.

“My husband was driving on Baden Powell and saw this place and wanted to see what it was and we walked through with the community leaders and we knew we had to work here,” she says.

The sign was a joint initiative and was judged by independent visitors from the Netherlands.

Oostendorp says there are many other projects in the pipeline for the area.

“I think this sign is the first of its kind. The drawing in the middle is the one that won and the others around it are all those entered. The pictures are featured as they were entered,” she says.

A second competition also ran, promoting the cleaning of the settlement. Several blue refuse bags were filled.

Oostendorp says residents had to fill three bags per day to be eligible for the draw.

A smartphone and airtime were among the prizes handed out.

Kathy Faro, a community worker in the area, says they are very thankful for the input of the organisations.

“I felt so good when we heard about this project. My hope is that we can unite as a community and stand together, moving forward,” she says.

Further projects, such as a soup kitchen and early childhood development centre, will soon be built in the area.V

If you would like to get involved call community workers Maggie Campher on 078 650 1703 or Kathy Faro on 071 974 2265

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