The importance of local ownership
Published: 01 December 2010
This photo was taken by one of my Danish friends, Anna Simone Felding.
Why empower local ownership? Story of today’s Umlazi, South Africa
The girl student’s dance performance is organised by the local teacher, Mpune. The children come early in the morning to practice before classes start. Most of them are rape victims. The crimes occurred in the early morning hours due to the absence of their mothers who had to leave early for work. The school dance activity, with its aim to protect the girls from early morning attacks, could only be devised and implemented by someone who is aware of the issue (possibly indirectly involved) and who is engaged to help. This is one of the positive stories, where the “grassroots” initiative helps stop the violence.