Scouts renovate homes in impoverished community

Scouts and Rovers embarked on a two day project to renovate 5 family homes in the Hazy View district in Mpumalanga . The project, led by Mxolisi Gininda, involved 45 Rovers and Scouts and local professional brick layer Sipho Hlatshwayo.

During the course Mpumlanga renovation 2of this project the youths learnt a number of technical skills ranging from fixing a roof and replacing a window to fixing cracked walls, brick laying and painting. Together they managed to fix some of the structural problems of the selected houses and also repaired doors and a number of other small things in the homes of 5 households. As with every home not only the people living in the house benefitted from the renovations but an additional 45 community members call themselves indirect beneficiaries.

After the project was completed the youths saw that they had improved the lives of community members with their own hands. They really felt part of the community. Mr. Mdluli, whose home was also repaired said that he now considers himself as a member of the community because he has a place to call home and added “there is no other place like home”. By making small changes the Rovers and Scouts learned that small things can improve a situation and a sense of achievement was felt by all. (MOP 2013)

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