The Orange Ladies Keeping the Community Safe




Fondly referred to as the “Orange Ladies”, a group of women from Ocean View in Cape Town are tackling truancy, learner safety and substance abuse. Wearing their orange t-shirts, they help to identify and assist in addressing challenges in the community.

In addition to making sure that several dozen learners are back in school, they assist with several projects assisting in schools and making sure the kids gets to school safely. Armed only with their courage, they have already managed to stop two gang fights outside a high school when the police failed to arrive.

For team member, Michelle Orris, the reward comes from working with children in the community. The women ensure the learners get to school safely, run awareness programmes at the schools and also have an after-school programme where they help children with their homework, reading and writing. The women also started a ‘walking bus’ project where they walk with the kids to school and back home after school.

The ultimate aim for these brave ladies is to make sure that the communities become safer as well ensuring that the community gets service delivery. With their help, there is noticeable decrease in crime and an increase in incidents being reported. They have also managed to sort out things like water leaks and blocked drains.

Team leader Sharon Brink says although some of their work is challenging, the response from the community is all the reward the women need.

Source: Netwerk24 (edited)

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