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Making Monwabisi safer for its residents

Help make a walkway in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha safer at night by contributing to a streetlight with #ANOTHERLIGHTUP.

Backing the cause activates an LED light formation on a Faith47 mural in Cape Town.

We’re using street art and crowdfunding to help you make a difference in your community.

About the project

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP leverages street art with the capacity of crowd-funded community engagement.

The project, which aims to fund the installation of a street light system into one of Cape Town's more dangerous neighbourhoods, empowers individuals with the potential to be active agents in change.

Design Indaba Trust, Faith47 and Thingking have teamed up to create a mural that seeks to create a community level change through the duality of art-based social impact.

The multi-storey artwork has a visual feedback loop: the wall lights up at night each time enough money is raised for one new light to be installed on a pathway in the informal settlement of Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha, through the organisation VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading).

The intricate lighting pattern is an artistic endeavour that also serves as a reminder that there are communities in the city that lack the luxury of light, which is a major public safety concern.

Tweet #ANOTHERLIGHTUP to turn the lights on momentarily.

Place

Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha

Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha is an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town. The lights are being erected alongside a 700m pathway that connects the sites of community water taps that have been installed in the area.

De Waal Drive, District Six

The mural, titled 'The Harvest', can be seen from De Waal Drive, outbound from Cape Town, on the wall of a residential building in District Six. This is the second mural by Faith47 to fill the wall and its prominent position has fast made it a Cape Town landmark.

Back story

For the people of Monwabisi Park, their only access to free, clean water is via public municipal water taps. Residents develop daily routines around necessary trips to the nearest tap. The 'emtonjenis' (public tap spaces) have thus become communal gathering areas.

However, these spaces and the adjoining pathways have also become a target for crime, as they are not lit up at night. In informal settlements there is a direct correlation between light and safety.

This project aims to raise funds for streetlights to light up a 700m pathway between public taps and other better lit areas. Installing lights is one impactful move towards creating a safer space for the local residents of Monwabisi Park.

The mural, entitled 'THarvest', is located in District Six next to De Waal Drive. Faith47 chose an image that represents the feminine spirit that is nurturing and life giving, bearing crops – a symbol of fertility and abundance. The background is subtly adorned with sacred geometry; the Flower of Life gives shape to a golden tapestry radiating from her umbilical centre.

It is with care that she watches over the city, with her palm open as if to ask, surrender, challenge, give, calm, request or quietly symbolise her intention of peace.

Thingking helped with project development and technical elements

Design Indaba Trust assisted on project management and marketing and funded the mural.

Monwabisi Stats

  • Residents: 25 000 
  • Priority crimes (adults): Robbery, housebreaking, rape, road accidents
  • Priority crimes (children): Rape, pedestrian accidents, child abuse, murder
  • Dangerous times (adults): 6pm–midnight; 6am–noon
  • Dangerous times (children): 6am–noon
  • 60% formal electricity, 40% informal connection
  • 235 water taps have been built – of that 168 are functional

For more information about the area please download the PDF.

Contribute

Back us on Thundafund

From 5 June to 3 August 2014 #ANOTHERLIGHTUP is running a campaign on Thundafund (South Africa’s crowdfunding equivalent to Kickstarter).

Backers who pledge money or time to the project will receive tokens of thanks – in the form of recognition, product or experience – according to various tiers, once the campaign reaches completion.

The campaign encourages a mindset of collaboration and active involvement, moving from a space of charity to a model of trade or reciprocity.

SMS donation

SMS Anotherlightup to 42059 to donate R30.

Direct donation

Make a donation of R100 or more to #ANOTHERLIGHTUP via Payfast or EFT.

When enough funds are raised to erect another streetlight in Monwabisi, the lights on the mural will symbolically light up for the evening.

All funds are managed by the non-profit organisation the Design Indaba Trust, ensuring that every cent donated reaches the Monwabisi community.

Each light costs approximately R7000 to install.

Each individual to donate R5000+ will receive a limited-edition, archival, signed print of the wall. (One print per donor. Prints will be sent at the end of the campaign.)

Partners

Faith47

Faith47 is a street artist from Cape Town known best for her murals of iconic figures found on cityscapes all around the world. Her work finds beauty in broken spaces and contains parables that resonate with the places in which they reside.

Thingking

Thingking is a designing-making consultancy geared for electronic integration realising projects loosely based on experiences and a particular interest in community.

Design Indaba

Founded in 1994, Design Indaba is a multidisciplinary platform that champions the notion that a better world is possible through creativity. Aside from its international creative festival and media channels, Design Indaba also supports initiatives designed to have a socioeconomic impact on real people's lives, through the not-for-profit Design Indaba Trust.

In terms of the Nonprofit Organisation Act, 1997, The Design Indaba Trust is a registered nonprofit organization. View certificate.

VPUU

Established in 2006, Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) is a partnership approach between the residents of a low-income community, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, the German Development Bank and local leadership. This approach is supported by a host of partners from the NGO sector, private business, academic institutions, national government and people with the improvement of Quality of Life and a just and resilient community at heart.

The programme is implemented by a transversal team from the VPUU Not for Profit Company, dedicated City of Cape Town staff members and community members.

The aim of the programme is to improve the quality of life by working in partnership with residents in low-income neighbourhoods. The programme works on neighbourhood scale and City-wide by developing tailor-made negotiated solutions. The methodology is applied in formal and informal neighbourhoods. As of 2014 the programme will be rolled out to selected municipalities in the Western Cape.

The work in Monwabisi Park is co-funded by Comic Relief.