This is a woman – lead initiative. In 2012 Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation 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 which has turned out to be an overwhelming success.
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.
This garden has also been an entry point for us to develop skills and implement other social programs.
The volunteers who run this garden have gone from strength to strength, their physical health improved, and they are entrepreneurs in their own right.
Since 2017 the garden has been self sustainable, no more stipends are paid, and to the volunteer gardeners run the project completely.
Our gardeners are part of Izindaba Zokudla – a University of Johannesburg program which brings all the farmers in Soweto together. Food and Trees for Africa have stepped in to mentor the gardeners. This intervention has really done much to improve the harvests.
Vegetables are very reasonably priced.
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 collaboration 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.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
A photo snapped from somewhere in the Ulundi/Eshowe area, deep rural KZN, a family comes to fetch a bag of e'Pap. As a polio survivor, this grandfathers disability grant feeds 5 members of his family. Its absurd. To be able to help his family survive the famine is our honour. Thank you Kavod Trust. ...
We had an incredible handout of ePap in Allemansdrift B, an area near Vaalbank, Mpumalanga. Dr Kelly Szabo, an expat SAfrican, moved into the area 20 months ago and has committed the next few years to uplifting the area. This handout was special, Value Logistics donated the transport, and Northcliff Rotary Club donated 100 walking aids. The e'Pap Foundation and Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation donated the one ton of e'Pap. Shew, Kelly goes down as one of the most inspiring women we have met. ...
Last week we went into a place of the most incredible beauty: Manguzi in Northern KZN. It is here that the children are 3 to 5 times hungrier than anywhere else in the country. Desperate Mozambicans who may have a child with disability have also set up home here, there is a state hospital in the area who offers some hope. Its difficult to distinguish between the beauty and the desperation. Both are glaringly obvious. A question just lingers as we walked the most beautiful path into an area where people live on a nearby mountain....their view of the 3rd and 4th lakes of Kosi Bay - absolutely breathtaking: how many of us would live like these people do? How do people accept that they are simply invisible, they dont own their land and they have no human rights? When they start to stand up for what is rightfully theirs, we will live in a country where the people dictate, not thieving and corruption. Thank you Kavod Trust for donations to this area. ...
Yesterday a truck went off from Pretoria with 4.7 tons of e'Pap on board. It is destined for White River where Rotary Club of White River will be overseeing and distributing a massive donation. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and The Angel Network SA have sent this gift of life to this area where children and the elderly who look after them are starving. Few consider the impact that covid has had on the communities out in the rural areas, there is so much focus on what is happening in our own areas. This plague and famine have affected everyone, even those in places where no one sees them. Just like Life Esidimeni, it will be the ones we dont see that will suffer the most. Frail little ones waste away with no access to media who could have told their story. We fear the ramifications if gogo's die, who on earth will look after (sometimes 20) grandchildren. There are no institutions in the middle of nowhere. These children become child headed households, with a neighbour popping in here and there.
We are so grateful to magnificent people like those mentioned above. Glynne and Wendy, you havent forgotten, we will ensure that their donation will go where it will make the most impact...far far away. ...