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.
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Julie Scheier from CGTN International intercepted us as we were doing a handout at CLAW, an animal welfare near Durban Deep. The Saturday Star featured these ladies and described their plight as foreign nationals who are waste pickers and are literally starving. We had heard of them too and when we offered Cora Bailey to come do a handout, she was so incredibly relieved. They and their children are getting nutrition for the next month. Thanks to CGTN, this is for all our donors who have given from the heart. We have had a huge reach with our Save a Soul project. www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgSh-fBNLEI&feature=youtu.beSouth Africa has started to gradually ease its strict coronavirus lockdown, but after confining its citizens for eight weeks, the continent’s biggest economy... ...
This weekend we went to Limpopo to follow a huge donation of e'Pap donated from the South African Jewish Community (South African Jewish Board of Deputies), via The Angel Network SA. We were taken around various communities and tonight I sit and sum up the whole weekend. Scary. Those who are managing to find food have downgraded substantially to things like walkie talkies (chicken heads and feet). Those who struggled all along are in trouble. Many of those are Mozambicans who have fled a country to come here, and have no assistance whatsoever. There is no money sent from relatives, they have just coped living from hand to mouth. Now they are STARVING. There is a look of blankness on the faces of little ones. We have not even reached the peak of our COVID cycle, what is going to happen to them then. We all have a right to life. We have an obligation as human beings to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves, irrespective of who they are and where they come from. What a disaster! Photo: New Mozambican mother who hid and watched us from the bushes got e'Pap for her and her siblings. Look at her elation...but what about the others? ...