Help Up has continued the clean up projects in Cape Town communities and now even helps some of the teams support themselves.
Cape Town, South Africa (05 May 2022) – Help Up is an organisation that works to clean up problem areas that are littered or polluted by using pledges they receive from the public to pay people that need employment. The people are paid to work in these areas for a few hours.
Help Up is managed by Georgia Mctaggart, who gets stuck in with the people that help. She founded the organisation in 2018 and has seen it grow and facilitate the growth of people who previously had very few employment opportunities.
It started as a way to keep streets and rivers clean, but Georgia has created a model that is now empowering people to create their own micro-businesses. What she now calls the franchise teams are small groups of people who are based in various communities that work to keep their areas clean.
“Help Up is committed to encouraging and facilitating real change in communities that have been forgotten and overlooked, but should be top of mind if we are to create meaningful change in our beautiful South Africa. So very proud of this incredible team who soldier on, no matter what, and get the job done every week.
Our franchise teams are self-managed and supported by Help Up with all the tools that they need for their micro- businesses and us sharing these cleanup stories with you means that you get the opportunity to say “Well done, you are the future for a thriving city for all.”
The projects have been running for several years now, and one of the newer parts of it is the greening of spaces cleared of rubbish.
In Khayelitsha, they are working on a street garden that was once a mess. They are hoping to plant more indigenous medicinal plants in the space to make it productive for the whole neighbourhood.
Sadly, the original Help Up Facebook page was lost, and the organisation is trying to rebuild their following. So if you can help in any way, giving their page a like again will be a great start.
You can also support the team by donating via the BackaBuddy fund here. Funds are used to employ the teams to keep cleaning up Cape Town.