Rather hand up than hand out

2015-06-18 06:00
=Quinette Goosen (left) project co-ordinator of the Mulas Swop Shop and Glenise Howard showing the points and items available that can be earned through bringing recycled items to the Mulas Swop Shop in Dower Street.

=Quinette Goosen (left) project co-ordinator of the Mulas Swop Shop and Glenise Howard showing the points and items available that can be earned through bringing recycled items to the Mulas Swop Shop in Dower Street.

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Helping people to help themselves is teaching them the value of effort and how rewarding it is being innovative with the aim of enriching your circumstances.

Mulas Swop Shop, is a local recycling project which was launched last week, encouraging children to collect recyclable items in their community and “swopping” them for much needed items.

“I do believe that this can be a life-changing project. It is a value-for-value concept instead of the outmoded hand-out approach,” said Quinette Goosen, project co-ordinator of the Uitenhage recycling Mulas Swop Shop project.

The project is based along the lines of the renowned and awarded JBay Recycling Project which is co-ordinated by Tanja Lategan and in turn was schooled on the idea of the Swap Shop in Hermanus, established by Marilyn van der Velde.

“Children are encouraged to collect, sort and deliver recyclable materials to a central point where they are weighed and exchanged for points. They then can swop the points in an on-site shop for toiletries, food, clothing, school supplies or toys. If they want to, they can save the points for more expensive items.”

According to Goosen, the recyclable materials will be taken to various exchange depots and the rebate, hower little it will be, will be utilized to stock-up the on-site shop items.

“The rest of the stock will be either donations or bought with financial contributions from local businesses or individuals. The latter are essential to the success of the project,” said Goosen.

Volunteers are running this innovative community project and no salaries or other remuneration are paid to any of the individuals. The volunteers are also responsible for all administration and fund-raising efforts.

“The benefits will be numerous as the environment will be cleaned-up. Children will be taught the value of recycling, counting, shopping and saving skills. And above all, the children will be given a meal before they leave.”

The public’s support in terms of donations of goods or funds to stock the Mulas Swop Shop, expertise or logistical support would be greatly appreciated.

* The Mulas Swop Shop is based at Dale Street Congregational Church hall in Dower Street and trades every Thursday. For more information contact 082 846 3327

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