Director : Hands of Honour Social Entrepreneur: Nominee - Rockefeller Foundation 100 Innovators award 2013 Official Project - World Design Project -CT 2014
Director and Founder - Hands of Honour ''rehabilitating waste and poor communities through engaging the socially marginalized '' Official Project - World Design Capital - Cape Town 2014 Nominee -Rockefeller Foundation 100 Innovators award 2013 Winner - UnLtd South Africa Award 2013 Finalist - Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award - 2012 Finalist - Social Enterprise Business Plan Competition -Dept.Econom.Developemt. 2011 Shortlisted - Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award 2012 Official Police Statement - Crime Rate Reduction where since inception of Hands of Honour Hands of Honour 's UP-cycling Centre seeks to address three problems in Cape Town 1) Prolonged unemployment, (2) Physically run down spaces, (3) Effective management of obsolete stock/recyclable waste.
Hands of Honour employs the "unemployable" to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Much of this waste is provided through partnerships with the corporate sector and would otherwise end up in landfills. Proceeds from this have two benefits. *First, it provides salaries for the unemployed *Second, profits are invested in derelict community spaces, focusing on public spaces which have become havens for anti-social behavior. Hands of Honour trains the same marginalized populations to transform these spaces into safe and attractive places conducive to economic development and community healing. Hands of Honour brings together 3 best practices: *First, while "up-cycling," or reusing waste materials. Hands of Honor works directly with the waste generators to formalize this process, representing something new in South Africa. Corporations are the main "donor" of waste to Hands of Honor-donating rather than disposing their waste. * Second, Hands of Honor's job training program provides skills and confidence to those members *Finally, this process funds urban renewal initiatives, focusing on those areas that are identified by the community as being flash points for crime. Taken together, these elements result in a program that can sustain itself, and contributes to a greener city, job creation, and reclaiming derelict urban spaces.
Since the program started, 34 people have received salaried work from processing waste. 11 physically run down spaces have been rehabilitated, including developing a new food garden, upgrading places of learning, and upgrading dwellings of vulnerable groups.
Hi PeteAt least you honest about how you feel.Nevertheless,some good can come out of such a thing.See FNB sponsored TV ad on Hands of Honour ,a Social Enterprise creating employment on the notorious Cape FlatsSince the ad was on TV we have received from very positive responses and our profits are on the rise.More profit means we can help more people and do more good.Have a look...I dare you.I also need any advice.What would have been better,a cash donation/sponsor/funding or the exposure.Lets hear from the experts.