Helping Local Women to Obtain their Driver’s Licenses
After getting to know the women we work with in South Africa’s impoverished communities, we discovered that many of them aren’t able to drive, and don’t have their learner’s or driver’s licenses.
The ability to drive is something that many of us take for granted; even if the learning process is a bit hair-raising, as youngsters we look forward to the day when we no longer have to rely on our families and friends for lifts! Many of us learn how to drive as teenagers, and we will have a license and a car by the time we start our careers.
However, this is not the case for most of the ladies we work with, and without their own transport, they are often not able to be as independent as they wish to be. Lack of a driver’s license and transport also impacts their ability to find employment.
We realised that if we as an NGO are serious about empowering women, then helping them to learn to drive should also be a part of our programmes.
Getting our Susters On the Road
This initiative wasn’t originally part of our planning for the year, but we are keen to implement it as soon as possible. That’s why Susters4Life co-founder Reneé Thompson has decided to personally fund the program. We have identified four women – two from Cape Town and two from Worcester – to begin with, and we can’t wait to get started!
The driver’s license program will be part of our planning for 2019, and hopefully we will be able to assist more women in the coming year.
We wish our ladies good luck in obtaining their learner’s licenses, and everything of the best with driving school. We’ll keep everyone posted on their progress, and we know they will make us proud.