Young community caregivers with a dream

HAVING a dream for a better tomorrow is what motivates a group of young women from the rural heart of eMzingazi Reserve outside Richards Bay.

Since initiating their club, Women Dreaming Ahead, in February last year, they continue to rise to community challenges such as alcohol abuse.

They say owing to unlicensed liquor outlets in the area, youngsters have easy access to alcohol which results to countless school dropouts.

However the young women have remained a pillar of strength for their community, tackling various social ills through their sisterhood.

Together with community structures such as Mpilonhle and the Soul City Institute, they also target issues related to education and health.

Most joined the group to escape the negativity, which seems to be sweeping through the community which is fraught with drug abuse and teenage pregnancy as well as crime owing to unemployment.

‘Most women don’t work and this group helps them understand that their life is not over and they can still have a purpose in life,’ said life skills coach Fikile Mthethwa.

Happy to be part of a positive programme are members of Women Dream Ahead

Passionate community caregivers

Not only do they empower each other but also look after the frail and elderly through their Pension Project, where they take care of a number of pensioners in the area.

They visit them regularly, and cook and clean their houses.

These bright youngsters also collect food parcels and clothes for disadvantaged families.

They hope to expand their community care-giving project.

Through working with other community structures, they assist in addressing the issue of women and children abuse and conduct community awareness campaigns.

Women Dream Ahead also has a bead work project and a drama club.

They wish to get sponsors and grow the bead project to ensure financial stability.

They currently conduct their discussions and projects in a small room at Lungelo Youth Development Centre, but they hope to one day have their own venue which will assist them to sustain their projects.


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