This is a woman – lead initiative. Boikanyo DHF transformed a rubbish dump behind Sediba Thuto Primary school in Mapetla Soweto, into a vegetable garden the size of a soccer field. This is our flagship project, a coming together of school and community which has turned out to be an overwhelming success story.
We grow a variety of vegetables which are available to the school kitchen for augmentation of the school feeding scheme
The gardeners sell reasonably priced quality produce to the locals. It is no longer necessary to walk kilometers to the shop to buy vegetables anymore, hard earned money can now be spent on other necessities.
This garden has afforded us the opportunity to improve the nutritional status of the school children and community, it has also been an entry point for developing skills and other social upliftment programs.
The volunteers who run this garden have gone from strength to strength, their physical health so much better, and they have become entrepreneurs in their own right.
In 2017 it becme a self sustaining program, Boikanyo DHF ceased to pay stipends to the workers anymore and the volunteers took over running the project altogether.
Our volunteer gardeners have all been upskilled by Foundations for Farming, they are part of Izindaba Zokudla – a University of Johannesburg initiative which focuses on bringing all the farmers in Soweto together.
Vegetables are very reasonably priced. Households buying vegetables from the garden can save over a hundred rand a month.
The volunteer gardeners have independence to run this initiative as they see fit, it belongs to them.
Our garden has been an example to the community about issues related to environmental awareness, recycling education and respect for birds of prey.
We have promoted dignity and self respect, and entrepreneurial reinforcement
We impact on the school, parents, teachers, learners, Department of Education, and surrounding community.
This project has been a collaberation between so many stakeholders throughout the years, both in the private sector and government. It is a CSI initiative.
We have impacted the school, the parents/caregivers, teachers, learners, Department of Education and the community itself.
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