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.
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.
Todays post is a beautiful positive message of love that just cannot be stifled. Squatter camp dwellers live in absolute degradation, yet those who love their animals do it from the heart, and when something goes wrong it is catastrophic for them. The adults that allow animals into their hearts and their lives set an example to their children which will be imprinted in the minds forever: love.
Children growing up in these harshest conditions witness levels of violence unimaginable. Loving an animal provides such solace. There are studies that show that animals may provide unique elements to address several post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Sometimes, especially for those children who head up households, the love from an animal is the only love these children know.
There are 2 heroes that I would like to acknowledge here: The first is an animal inspector who doesnt want to be identified. The second is a vet who never refuses the animals he drops off at her to sew back together, sterilise, or treat. This vet is Dr Ash of Orion Veterinary Clinic in Glenanda.
Dr Ash charges him cost price for the consumables she uses only. Making a profit out of treating these animals is unthinkable to her. The inspector has paid for these costs out of his own salary up until now.
Thank you to those of you who have donated towards this informal initiative that I have run, collecting funds for the veterinary care of the animals in Protea South, you are heroes too.
Dr Ash's banking details are:
Orion Veterinary Clinic,
Account number 62784730676,
Branch code 250655
Please use 'Squatter Camp Animals' as a reference.
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