Stanford Rotary’s second Swop Shop was opened on the 25th February in Stanford South.
We recently started this project which works on the principle of “swopping” recyclable rubbish collected by the youth of Stanford in exchange for school stationery e.g. pencils, crayons, exercise books and second hand uniform items. The project serves two purposes: to clean up the local settlements, thereby improving the health of a very poor community, and to instil a culture whereby they recognize that, through the children’s efforts they can exchange rubbish for much needed items and thereby get away from the “give-give” culture.
The Rotary Club of Stanford has been amazed by the support from volunteers and the community for this project. We have the backing of the Stanford Municipal Offices and they provide the transport and recycling facilities for the rubbish collected.
We initially started this project at a satellite informal settlement but such is the demand that we have been able to open a second “shop” in Stanford South, thereby allowing more villagers to benefit from both a cleaner environment and the rewards that participation brings which otherwise would be unaffordable.
This Project is funded by Stanford Rotary, the Rotary Club of Claremont and The Rotary Club of Essen-Sud in Germany and the Project Leader is Elma Hunter of Stanford Rotary.