Women are waking up to the sound of vuvuzelas trumpeting throughout Soweto, and instead of feeling annoyed, they are flooded with a sense of security.
Soweto, South Africa – A group of men have taken it upon themselves to walk women from their homes to the nearby transportation hubs and some wake up at 2 am to get the first wave of women. They also have a uniquely South African call, to let the women know they are ready.
They trumpet on the vuvuzelas to announce their arrival. The women then walk out and are escorted safely to their taxis and buses.
Each of the men is unemployed and have taken up this task to make Soweto a better place for all. The Angel Network decided to raise some money to gift the guys a little something as thanks for going above and beyond.
‘This campaign will show the support to men who are doing this that we see them and commend them for what they doing no matter what their personal circumstances are. Most have no formal employment to support their families and they do all their patrol duties for free. This campaign will assist them with their unemployment situation and be able to provide the little we can to say thank you.’
The funds will be given to the men in December as a Christmas gift which they can use for food or whatever they may need.
Some of the women that are escorted by the guys say it has changed their commute. The best part is once the morning shift has ended, the men wait and start it all over when the women start arriving home from work. According to Teri Weinstein, thousands of men are involved; they gather in groups of three up to fifteen to patrol the streets of Soweto, which is the largest township in South Africa.
The Angel Network will manage the funds on behalf of the men. They hope to raise R5,000.00. If you would like to get involved, you can do so here.