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.
This weekend I get to take some wonderful people to spend with my favourite people: we are going to Mpumalanga to fit 4 children with cerebral palsy into buggies which were renovated - sponsored by a group of grade 11 learners at King David High School. The most disadvantaged of folk here live in the rural areas. No one see them,, no one cares for them. Out of sight means out of mind. Yet the mothers and grandmothers (sometimes older siblings if everyone else is deceased) love these children with all their heart and soul. Giving the gift of a proper wheelchair has to be one of the most magnificent gifts one could give. Those children are loved...so much so that perhaps this love keeps them alive. It's certainly not food. Most cant eat much because they cant chew. They are forced to sit for years twisted all day long, or lie on boney areas which may cause bedsores. They never look anyone eye to eye without a proper buggy, and they are forced to stay at home when everyone goes out. We are so excited to bring this gift from The Paige Project to Mpumalanga, as well as blankets from 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) , 1500 Easter Eggs from Johannesburg Mini Council , clothes from Rotary Anns and transport from Value Logistics ...
2 weeks ago I was contacted by a principal who told me there is a school in Soweto which hasnt got running water. Businesses next door have, so has the school next door, but the GDE says they are still new and must wait. They turn 6 this year. Thank you Mia Lindeque for coming with and doing this expose as we went there to see the ludicrous situation, its hard to believe. ...
Whew a bit of a reality check. In rural Zululand stands an inspirational preschool. Its run by a teacher who paid for her own education, and started up a beautiful little school. Last year we sent ePap to the area, her school was a beneficiary. To see what Bachazile created can make you cry. Her school consists of precious nothing by our standards, yet everything down to the sewn together e'Pap bag floor covering, and the hand washer outside is improvised, self created, and functional. We would love to see her and the little ones she is teaching get more, not necessarily new things, second hand is also okay. Please can you help us to help her? Donations for this amazing woman, be they monetary or goods. Please, everything must be in a working order and any games must have all the pieces. ...
Help Needed for an amazing school in the middle of nowhere: This morning my friend Gideon van der Merwe of Mtunzini Rotary sent on a whatsapp which had affected him profoundly. Last year we sent tons of e'Pap to them to distribute amongst the thousands of beneficiaries, mostly child head households in the poorest desperate communities surrounding them. Today he got this:
Bachazille, a pre-primary teacher who we gave ePAP to last year has now opened her school again. She took the ePAP bags, sewed them together to create a floor covering. We will be giving her books for the school. It's a beautiful story. Such a contrast to our own pre-primary who complains about seeing a container over their wall!!'
We need to support this incredible school with a marvelous principal. This school has NOTHING in it, and despite this, something has been created from nothing.' ...