Hands of Honour

FINALIST - DEUTSCHE BANK URBAN AGE AWARDS :CAPE TOWN 2012 - REGENERATION FOR THE CITY AND THE SOUL PROJECT

0.00 ZAR of 400,000.00 ZAR Project Target raised so far, with 1 Activist helping out

The REGENERATION OF CITY AND SOUL PROGRAM  addresses a widespread social problem in poor and marginalised communities namely UNEMPLOYMENT,often the spur for criminality,drug abuse and gang activity. NOMINATED - FINALIST -Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012 

This work - in - progress undertaking involves transforming derelict and disused public and private buildings and spaces that are used for anti-social activities into SAFE,CLEAN and ATTRACTIVE spaces conducive to ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and COMMUNITY HEALING.Former homeless,drug addicts and gang members,all GRADUATES of the HANDS of HONOUR do the landscaping and construction work

The aim is to TRANSFORM AN OLD and DILAPIDATED COMMUNITY  BUILDING INTO A COMMUNITY FACTORY USING THE PAINTING,LANDSCAPING AND GENERAL CONSRUCTION SKILLS OF FORMER HOMELESS/DRUG ADDICTS/LAWBREAKERS that have graduated from THE HANDS OF HONOUR crime/drug programmes

The completed FACTORY is TO BE USED TO MANUFACTURE  SCHOOL UNIFORMS WHICH IN TURN WILL BE SOLD TO THE COMMUNITY AT COST PRICE,making it possible for THOSE WHO COULD NOT FORMERLY AFFORD SCHOOL UNIFORMS TO PURCHASE THEM.THE PROJECT WILL BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY IN FIVE WAYS

  1. The upgrading of an area that was formerly USED  FOR NEGATIVE ACTIVITIES is now a BEACON OF HOPE adding DIGNITY TO THOSE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY as the COMMUNITY CLAIMS THIS SPACE BACK
  2. Those who COULD NOT AFFORD THE UNIFORMS NOW CAN,CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY ,REDUCING ATTITUDES OF DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS
  3. It serves as a POINT OF RECONCILIATION BETWEEN FORMER DRUG ADDICTS/GANG MEMBERS and the COMMUNITY THEY ONCE TERRORIZED WITH THEIR NEGATIVE AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES as they transform and BEAUTIFY AND ENHANCE THE SORROUNDING AREA
  4. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WILL BE DECREASED  DRAMATICALLY as many find EMPLOYMENT AS MACHINISTS,CUTTERS,SECURITY GUARDS and DESIGNERS at the COMMUNITY FACTORY
  5. It serves to SHOWCASE THE SKILLS OF THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HANDS OF HONOUR DRUG/CRIME REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES .This will help in their QUEST TO FIND EMPLOYMENT,ENCOURAGE THEM TO START THEIR VERY OWN INCOME GENERATING VENTURES, GIVE THEM A SENSE OF PRIDE IN WHAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE AS WELL AS KEEP THEM POSITIVE,BUSY AND OUT OF HARMS WAY   

 

ANY DONATIONS RECEIVED WILL BE USED TO TRANSFORM OTHER DERELICT BUILDINGS INTO BEACONS OF HOPE THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE A LIGHT BANISHING THE DESPAIR ,THAT SO QUICKLY RAVAGES OUR COMMUNITY

22 October 2012 - Project Leader: Paul Talliard in Projects / HANDS of HONOUR