Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

The Siyakhona (We can do it) Alexandra team has been working almost seven days a week since November and had just achieved my dream; using the medium of film to create change within their society. They have achieved beyond my wildest dreams.
With portable projector and screen they have shown the film to to just about all the residents of Alexandra township. The team created a platform for freedom of expression; dialogue, ideas and debate. Soon after the screenings Warren, Tshepiso and Lehlohonolo took a copy of their film highlighting the growing crisis of rats to the municipal managers of region E, without an appointment.
The team so impressed the managers with their film and powerpoint presentation of the possible solution, that they were referred to the next highest level. Three short meetings later Siyakhona Alexandra had presented their film on rats to the directors of every region of Gauteng. These public servants and their staff were so inspired by our team’s work that they committed to pulling all their resources, time and in some cases holiday time, to help our team and the residents of Alexandra to get rid of the pollution which is exacerbating the rat crisis.
900 volunteers came each of the three days to join our campaign together with Region E, PickitUp, Emergency Services, Departments of environment, service delivery, health, urban management,the police, the metro police, Alexandra Renewal project, local NGOs and others to clean the worst areas of Alexandra. It was a fantastic effort but it is by no means the last. The impact has created further determination with our partners to turn Alexandra township into a safe environment for its residents.
The team has since the campaign ( the last ten days) produced two Mxit videos for mobile download (Watch this space!!!) and an advocacy based citizen video journalist film on their community addressing the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG); reducing hunger and poverty. I had no reason to worry as the team pulled together and produced some wonderful work.