NPO aims to change the narrative

2019-08-06 06:00

A Mitchell’s Plain organisation wants to change the narrative of Cape Town communities. The Good Enuf organisation focuses on working with and assisting teenagers struggling to transition into adolescence.

This is achieved by providing them with the necessary life skills to master and direct their own future and vision.

Beyonifer McGee (32) started working in the non-profit organisation (NPO) field 10 years ago. McGee, who is now the director of Good Enuf, says she left her corporate job to go into this field.

Good Enuf wants to address issues that everyone faces daily but that no one wants to speak about. This includes issues that lead to bullying and self-harm.

The organisation, established in February, gives bullying presentations to high school learners and works with those who have been affected by bullying, with their school therapist lending extra support. McGee says for now the organisation focuses on schools in Mitchell’s Plain.

“We have seen an improvement in some schools. Children who couldn’t speak to their parents spoke to them and connected with them.”

She says they focus on making “positive the new normal”.

“We want to bring positivity to Mitchell’s Plain.”

McGee says a lot of stories you read are negative and, as the saying goes, “you are what you read”.

“If the youth reads negative things, why do we get angry at them for doing negative things like bullying,” she asked.

McGee says people say you should be afraid in Mitchell’s Plain and stay inside your home.

“Why don’t we talk about the people who do go outside, who go to do their jobs,” McGee asked.

She added that everyone is focused on gangsterism, but a new narrative must be created for the youth.

“We need to celebrate positivity. That will inspire the youth to be more positive. We need to change their mindsets.”

As part of Community Development Foundation Western Cape (CDF), Good Enuf will host an event on Saturday 31 August, ending Women’s Month on a high note.

“We will be doing follow-up events every three months and these will include men.”

McGee says the theme of the event is “Post-trauma”. The organisation will empower women by providing a safe, intimate space at the event, Phoenix Women – Power through pain. Women attending will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with other women, sharing their personal experiences, focusing on traumatic events.

For a few hours, women can let their guard down, complain if they want to and be as honest as they want, free of shame.

The event aims is to engage 100 women in conversations, providing them with a platform to inspire and motivate one another by being real and vulnerable, honing in on coping skills to derive “power from their pain”, post-trauma.

Tickets, available at R200, are limited. Pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased through Webtickets or at your nearest Pick n Pay. No tickets will be sold at the door (unless communicated otherwise). No children are allowed. Doors open at 13:30 and the event will end at 17:30.

Money raised will go towards funding future bullying presentations and other community initiatives.

V Follow their journey on Instagram and Facebook and share your posts by using the hashtags: #PhoenixWomen #PostTrauma #Powerthroughpain #GoodEnuf. For more information, send an email to info@goodenuf.org.za or call 083 398 0302.

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