FROM PAGE 1 Passion for the people

2016-01-28 06:00
Seen are a group of children who joined the Tongaat Library’s literacy programme. Viggie Padayachee is seen seated with the children and are accompanied by the teachers (standing). Photo: supplied

Seen are a group of children who joined the Tongaat Library’s literacy programme. Viggie Padayachee is seen seated with the children and are accompanied by the teachers (standing). Photo: supplied

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THE love for literacy and the community is the inspiration behind Viggie Padayachee who heads several community initiatives since she started her job as a library volunteer 20 years ago.

Padayachee now champions several projects from literacy projects, educational workshops for the young and old, health workshops, career development projects, non-violence to drug campaigns and also uses sport to motivate children to live healthy and focused lives.

Now the head librarian at the Tongaat Central Library, Padayachee says she plans to keep working and launching more projects to uplift the community to foster social cohesion and development.

“These are things I love doing to help my community so I don’t even feel it even if all my time is dedicated to the projects,” said Padayachee.

Twenty years ago, Padayachee was a housewife who loved reading and volleyball, but was eager to get involved in education.

“There was something about the library that appealed to me and I started doing volunteer work in the library. I studied library science and I wanted to spread literacy in the community,” said Padayachee.

It was through sport that her work first started around two decades ago in the community as she created a volleyball team which she still runs to keep the youth busy after school and to occupy their spare time with positive activity.

“When I see our youth I want to do things to help them on the right path so they can succeed and make the best of their lives,” said Padayachee.

“There is no better feeling or reward than knowing something you have done has brought a smile or made a positive impact to someone else.”

Since being active in the library she has also helped focus the library towards community projects which include teenage pregnancy projects, fatherhood projects aimed at improving the paternal actions and behaviour as fathers and several literacy and educational programmes.

Padayachee says her belief is that everyone should try and make a difference in the life of another to change someone’s life for the better.

“If everyone says we will touch one person’s life we will make a difference in our community,” said Padayachee.

Padayachee hopes to see the community of Tongaat progress towards a non-violent, drug free and socially united town in the future. “We live in a beautiful place with a beautiful community and I hope to see us move forward in every way possible,” said Padayachee.

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