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Women on street get make-over in George

Sep 6, 2017
Women on street get make-over in George

If some of the women in this photograph look vaguely familiar, you may have seen them living on the streets of George. As part of a project aimed to reintroduce these women into society, the George Municipality hosted a lunch in their honour last week – adding a hair-do, make-up and a pretty dress for the occasion.

Hosted by the George Municipality Department Social Services and aimed at restoring their dignity and self-worth, the eleven women were treated to a make-over which culminated in a mini fashion show and a three-course meal. They also received a care pack of toiletries.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Alderman Mercia Draghoender said the function marked another of the municipality’s outreach programmes, Project Hope, which was aimed at reintroducing women living on the streets into society and, if suitable, reuniting them with their families. “There are many spheres of government and organisations that play a role and we are taking hands with all of them to help these women find their way.”

George Executive Mayor Alderman Melvin Naik appealed to the women to consider the reasons that led to them landing on the streets and making work of changing their futures for the better. “The municipality invites you to participate in the programmes we have on offer. You can be a role model to your children, there is hope,” he said.