Salt adds spice to the life of girls

2015-09-03 06:00

Babalwa Jama, the founder of Sisters Abiding in Lighting and Truth (SALT), speaking during the launch of the organisation at Beautiful Gate, Lower Crossroads, on Saturday.

Babalwa Jama, the founder of Sisters Abiding in Lighting and Truth (SALT), speaking during the launch of the organisation at Beautiful Gate, Lower Crossroads, on Saturday.

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Sisters Abiding in Lighting and Truth, an organisation aimed at addressing issues faced by women and young girls in society, was launched at Beautiful Gates in Lower Crossroads last Saturday.

According to its founders, Salt is designed to give platform to girls and women to talk about any topic concerning their needs in order to empower them with skills and provide mentorship.

Babalwa Jama, one of the founders, said among the isssues were teenage pregnancy, careers guidance, preparing the girls for the outside world, talks on domestic violence and sexual harassment.

“We saw the need after we realised that girls and women do not have a programme in place to groom them and also to talk about their issues.

Boys go to initiation schools where they get mentorship about manhood, but girls do not have such a platform.

This(Salt) is the platform for them to express themselves. We stand united in one voice against child abuse and we say no to teenage pregnancy and we say no to sexual abuse,” Jama said.

Jama also said part of their programmes included involving girls in sports, arts and cultural projects and they are also planning to host a modelling competition in the near future.

She said they were also planning to adopt Indoni, which is a cultural regeneration initiative targeting youth across South Africa.

Indoni is produced in association with Imbiza Entertainment and it is a spectacular show that incorporates theatrical presentations, musical performances, choreography, praise poetry and video projection culminating into a story involving mythical African fairytales.

Jama said the programme started early this year and about 50 girls and women were now part of it.

“The feedback that we get from the community is quite positive.

Salt is run by va group of about 15 females and it already has branches in Philippi, Lower Crossroads, Nyanga, KTC and Crossroads.

Jama said they are planning to roll it out to all corners of the country.

Olwethu Basayi, 16, applauded the programme.

“I learnt a lot since I joined the programme in July. They taught me to be confident and also help us with career guidance. It is a big help to us,” Basayi said.

Sonwabile Dwangu, resource centre coordinator at Beautiful Gates, said they partnered with Salt because they realised that it was driving the similar programmes to them.

“Their vision is in line with our vision. We believe we can do great things if we work together. They add value to our programmes. We are happy about their programme,” Dwangu said.

The launch was also attended by Ayabulela Mahlati, from National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

Mahlati talked about the programmes the agency is offering to youth which include career guidance, grand programme for those who wished to start businesses and bursary opportunities for those who want to further their studies in tertiary institutions

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