Vulnerable kids kept safe with walking bus

2019-06-25 06:01
One of the performances during the holiday programme.

One of the performances during the holiday programme.

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“It takes a village to raise a child” is not just an African proverb in Lotus River – residents make it a reality.

A total of 11 residents rolled up their sleeves to form the Klip Community Development, a non-profit organisation (NPO) aimed at helping vulnerable groups in their area in April.

They started with a seniors’ club and later established a walking bus. The club and the walking bus are aimed at creating a safe platform of interaction and instilling unity among children and club members. The bus targets learners from Montagu’s Gift Primary School in Lotus River and Plantation Primary School in Grassy Park.

Recently, the NPO organised a mass Youth Day celebration and holiday programme, where children came together to enjoy festivities and learn about their differences.

About 300 children participated.

Hope Fortune, a learner from Plantation Primary School, says the walking bus made her feel safe and the trip to school fun.

Hope says they now have little to worry about as they know there are people watching over them who care about their safety outside school and their homes. “It is a first time we have something like this and it is lovely,” says Hope.

Another learner Allie Lawrence of Montagu’s thanked the organisers for the holiday programme and teaching them about Youth Day and its meaning. Allie’s highlights were dance sessions, performing plays and Sarafina.

Chairperson for the NPO Shamiela Adams says the response they have received from the community within the few months is amazing. However, the community has no resources to entertain residents and create platforms to interact and embrace each other’s differences. They also try to offer meals.

“There are a lot of bad things happening, from kidnappings to robberies. Mostly it’s those that cannot defend themselves that become victims.”

She thanked everyone that has helped them so far. “Ward councillor Patricia van der Ross has been there for us, we know we can go to her if we need something and she has organised the music for the Youth Day and the programme.”V If you would like to donate to the NPO call Shamiela Adams on 073 936 2665.

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