LET’S JOIN HANDS TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Founded in 2010, Hands of Honour is an award-winning social enterprise which was created to address the ever-increasing number of young- and adult men found to be roaming the streets without hope, dependent on government welfare and handouts from soup kitchens in and around Cape Town.
Its founder, Paul Talliard, recognised that an intervention was urgently needed to support men in such situations to restore their dignity, to empower them with the skills to provide for themselves and their families, and to be meaningfully re-integrated into society. Importantly, they need to pay it forward – their rehabilitation needs to inspire, and have a positive impact on others in similar situations in their communities.
Hands of Honour has developed a unique model using social entrepreneurship as the driver to alleviate poverty, to facilitate skills transfer, and to rehabilitate individuals on its programme. The model comprises two income generating ventures, namely Mobile Classrooms on Wheels (COWs) Programme, and its Cape Town Upcycling Centre.
MOBILE CLASSROOMS ON WHEELS (COWs)
COWs are innovative solar-powered, modular teaching spaces which are able to transform any area into a classroom for learning. Made, in part from upcycled materials, and created in collaboration with educational experts, COWs are designed to be used mainly in under-privileged communities, where space and access to educational resources are limited. They cater for a diverse range of learning needs
CAPE TOWN UPCYCLING CENTRE
According to the Jo’burg International Waste Summit (2015) R 17-billion worth of unwanted goods ends up in South Africa’s landfill annually; waste which has economic and social value. At Hands of Honour we partner with corporations, big business, and individuals who donate their unwanted goods to be upcycled, thereby creating jobs at Hands of Honour while reducing reliance on our declining natural resources.