Booklets to help restore values

2019-09-03 06:01
The Way to Heaven Foundation in partnership with Mitchell’s Plain police distributed booklets to residents on Saturday 24 August. Pictured are some members of safety structures who received training.

The Way to Heaven Foundation in partnership with Mitchell’s Plain police distributed booklets to residents on Saturday 24 August. Pictured are some members of safety structures who received training.

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A non-profit organisation from Johannesburg came all the way to Cape Town to try and restore moral values in Mitchell’s Plain.

The Way to Heaven Foundation in partnership with Mitchell’s Plain police participated in a project which aims to train people to be advocates for moral values in their families and community.

Members of the foundation, neighbourhood watches, volunteers and police officers distributed booklets teaching morals in Mitchell’s Plain on Saturday 24 August.

Geatame Asselin (61), a volunteer of the organisation based in Johannesburg, says members of the foundation have been coming to Cape Town for the past five weeks. “We can’t just sit in Johannesburg and not do anything about the crime.” Asselin says they made use of the booklet to teach morals and the difference between right and wrong.

Asselin, who has been involved with the organisation for nearly 35 years, says the booklet teaches people lessons that include: “do not harm people, do not murder and respect your parents”.

According to Asselin, this is a fundamental part of morals and if these tools are applied, a way to happiness can be found.

Asselin says along with the police, neighbourhood watches, members of the community policing forum, elderly people and other volunteers, they distributed about 500 booklets throughout the community.

She says when they hand out the booklet, they read to them the message on page three: “Why I gave the book to you, because your survival is important to me.”

“When we handed out the booklets, the reaction was amazing because they could see people care about them,” she says.

She says they couldn’t stand to hear about the murders anymore. “We needed to pitch in and this was the best campaign we could think of.”

Asselin says they also went to Manenberg, distributed booklets and trained people how to use it as a tool.

“This booklet can be the moral basis of the community,” she says.

Asselin says there have been so many murders and it is outrageous. “We need to join together and say ‘let’s do it’.”

She says many people are admittedly fed-up with the criminal activity taking place in the area but they don’t have the tools to do what’s necessary to stop it.

“People are willing to help, work together and are happy to do something despite their differences. It’s time for the community to get together,” she says.

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