Saturday the 10/11/12, saw three partner organisations of the American Jewish World Service, hold an exhibition at the Westwood Mall in Durban. The Children’s Rights Centre showcased a child friendly space, safe, stimulating and sustainable full of play equipment made from recycled waste materials. We noticed that many of the parents were reluctant to let their children play freely, as they tagged them along to the various stores, while the children kept their gaze on our exhibition space. Here’s what our Director Julia Zingu had to say, “I spent the whole day... at the Westwood Mall where we had an exhibition on the right to play but also showing parents how to keep their children occupied and stimulated without having to spend lots of money. In fact all the material on show came from recyclable material in your home. What caught my attention was how keen the children were to look and how mothers were not interested at all – pulling and dragging the children away from the exhibition.
Were they afraid that by looking they will have to pay? Or were they afraid that the charity will ask them for money? It was most bizarre! In fact some did ask after we explained the project whether they could give a donation. We made it clear that the information was free. No payment required.
The lesson learnt was that we are so entrapped in a cycle of survival that we fail to notice that people care and caring is free. It doesn’t cost us anything to care and share our knowledge.”
Overall we met some incredible people, and the interest of many people in our work was encouraging. The more who understand the need for protecting and upholding children’s rights, the safer our society will be for every child.