Freshstart: Turning trash into a means of self-development for the improvised youth

Freshstart: Turning trash into a means of self-development for the improvised youth

- Freshstart is an initiative which promotes recycling and upcycling

- They run the initiative called The Swop Shop and this allows the youth to swap their recyclable goods for usable items

- The initiative supports young women and mothers as well and gives them purpose

Freshstart are using the collection of recycled materials and the method of upcycling, to help break the hold that poverty and unemployment have on local communities.

Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop is part of an initiative that helps children achieve their goals by recycling and upcycling.

A report by The South African, state that children are allowed to exchange their collected recyclable material for points, known as mula points. They are then allowed to use these points to ‘buy’ new or used goods that are available for trade.

Freshstart aims to teach children the importance of personal development and help equip them with the tools of the real world, Briefly.co.za gathered. Helping keep the children busy and proactive, also keeps them out of trouble.

There is also extra incentive for the children who put in the time and effort. These children are then presented with the opportunity to get involved in more exciting initiatives such as vegetable and tree planting or sports development with year-end recognition.

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They also encourage young females and mothers to get involved. This helps them by providing an avenue of income and self-development.

On the Freshstart’s Facebook page, it explains the Swop Shop process.

“There are at least 8 different ‘stations’ for every child to pass through at each SwopShop! Queueing at the gate with recycling in hand is the first – then the weighing and allocation of mula points with a sticker on every little hand!
Next is registration with a pink card for girls a blue one for boys with name, age, how many points they have and a record of every visit! A short queue as they wait for their personal shopper to take them by the hand to explore the specials or see what they are excited to purchase!
The choice is then made and they go through the shop to the check out clutching their treasure and help themselves to a fruit before going on for ‘happy time’ at Kiddies Corner. It is a rich cycle indeed to which no parents are allowed and children are free to choose!”

You can get involved by visiting the Freshstart Facebook page or their website.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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