• NPO registration number: 145-107 NPO
  • NGO registration number: IT 159/2011
  • Public Benefit Organisation: 930 036 635
  • Standard Bank Balfour Park
  • Branch Code: 051001
  • Account no: 331 784 408

Boikanyo School / Community Vegetable Garden


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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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


A million thanks to everyone who has donated so far to the handout next Tuesday to hundreds of starving people. We have R35000 which will buy a nutritious and enriched ePap meal a day for 583 adults for 3 weeks (maybe the length of the extension of our lockdown?). e'Pap Technology contains much of the vitamins and goodness that we need to keep us going through the day.
Thank you to Rose Grealy Kransdorff of ePap who has been so kind and generous.
We also have vegetable packs being handed out by Khanyi Chaba, grateful thanks to her.
Amanda TMathebula has organised the handout, from ward councillor to the recreation centre and beneficiaries. She is a phenomenon.
The beneficiaries all live in Eldorado Park. They are from the overcrowded flats in the area, as well as shacks all around. Elderly grandmothers who look after scores of grandchildren have been invited, as have families who live in shacks in the vicinity. Shack dwellers from nearby Kliptown(very poverty stricken suburb) have also been invited. We are waiting for the final tally of donations and tomorrow morning we can place the order with ePap. The more that comes in, the more we can feed from Kliptown.
You out there are simply amazing. Thank you, and sleep easier knowing that 534+ people will be fed during this disastrous time.

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I cannot stand the hunger out there anymore. I need to go hand out in the squatter camp.The poor have started only eating mielie pap again, they are not buying meat, chicken or dairy anymore. Those images of the gogo’s and their multitude of grandchildren living in such poverty,who go hungry every night.

I would like to organise sachets of ePap ( fortified food) which I will hand out to my community of squatter residents. This at least will give them adequate nutrition.
I need a substantial amount to hand out though, one cannot arrive in an area of desperate starving people and only give a few. My safety will be in danger. I hope to hand out parcels for 4 family members.

Please help me by donating to
Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
SWIFT (International donations) SBZAZAJJ

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Tonight we begin lockdown for 21 days to try stop the virus from spreading. I worry about the families who are on top of one another up in one roomed shacks. How can they not get irritated and frustrated. I worry about the animal neglect because many are not working for 21 days and cannot feed their families, let alone pets. I worry about cruelty in general. May we succeed in halting the spread to a population who are immunocompromised and have inadequate nutrition. May there just be a merciful God up there. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica. ...

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Live broadcast from Gauteng government: if you know of someone in need of food during the lockdown (the poor) , you can phone 0800 428 8364 and food supplies will be delivered for the less fortunate. Please share. ...

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Covid 19, here is a wonderful video on how the virus is spread. Please show whomever you can , and share. video is an example of how quickly bacteria and viruses can spread, and how easy it is to get infected without even thinking about it.

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