Women take project further

2017-05-16 06:01

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Following a visit by mayor Patricia de Lille last month, the women in rental stock in Kewtown have taken their programme to the next level (“City for her,”People’s Post, 18 April).

Ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams says the members have embarked on a project of their own.

“They have taken actual heed of what the mayor said to them, that this is their project and they must work with it so that it becomes successful to the rest of the community,” says Adams.

He adds the women have helped youth in the area to a development camp over the Easter weekend.

“It was a trial period and they enjoyed themselves so much. Apparently there is a follow-up to this, because they want to have it on a regular basis. The aim of their camp is to bring our children back into line. Unfortunately this comes at a little bit of a cost. The children’s parents are unable to pay for it,” adds Adams.

The supervisor of the programme, Aziza Hendricks, took it upon herself to discuss the idea with the rest of her team and subsequently had a fundraising event on Saturday in the YMCA hall.

“The money raised will be used to fund the few children who will be going on the camp. The extra money will be used for the programmes that is aimed at elderly care. The needs of our older people are increasing and are more demanding,” explains Adams.

The women continue to recycle and reuse waste, which they use to create jewellery, accessories, ornaments and furniture.

“That is the proud moment of this project, where they have taken the initiative given to them to take this one step further. The mayor has also offered them a table at the mayor’s market at the end of this month so they can sell their wares there. That will be exciting for them when they see the benefit they receive when they have their things sold to the public. I was amazed, because I was shown something like plastic bottles, but when I walked past and I saw the plastic bottles I did not recognise the same item, because of what they did with it,” he says.

Adams says the women are looking after the physical appearance of the area by picking up bottles from the streets and collecting newspapers to use in the recycling process.

“That is what has geared them for the next step in life. The mayor identified that a portion must go for food gardens and the other section must go for recycling – that is what they need to determine; how they need to work with it. Before it is implemented, they have to speak to the community. They are making good of the opportunity – there is money in waste. They took a whole lot of bottles, tied it together into a circular bunch and the next thing is they asked me to call someone and they got foam. Now we have little stools from all the off-cuts they collected. Stuff people would generally thrown away, they are using and have been able to sell. I am very proud of them.”

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