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.
The initial results of the Noah Project questionnaires that the grade 8 learners who have participated in the Noah Project have come out. From January 2019 we have been taking a high school of grade 8 learners back weekly to the level that their benchmark maths tests placed them on - grade 3 - in lessons designed by Singapore Maths South Africa. We are trying to slot a maths foundation. The most incredible bunch of tutors give the experiential lessons, they are so loved and are so kind to the learners. We can see an entire change in the mindset. They are beginning to believe in themselves, they are realising that maths is not as scary as they thought. They are so enjoying those lessons! They get e'Pap Technology to eat before each session, most like it and a few don't, but those who like it have taken home 5 packets. They all understand it gives them energy. They are having counselling too, this also got a good score. What a program - the most intense we have ever done. It is a pilot study and we literally have problem solved weekly. To everyone who has worked as hard as we have, especially our amazing tutors (who don't beat the learners - so sad that this was one of the comments) - bless you all. ...
'I will never forget this day, 1 May' was the message sent to me on whatsapp by Lenny, mom of little Prisca, who lives in Zambia.
Prisca is already a teenager and finally has a wheelchair of her own which guarantees her independence. Her legs dont work as ours do, other than that she is a teenager like any other, she just grew up in a place where there isn't adequate healthcare. She is now mobile and soon she will be whizzing around her village Lulumba, in Chingola. Thankfully this chair is an all- terrain wheelchair. A regular chair wouldn't last long on those surfaces.
To The Paige Project......you magnificent people!!!!! This chair came to you and you allowed it to be earmarked for Prisca. You have given this little family a new life, thank you so humbly. To Melody Eggar whose husband Harold made sure that the chair arrived safely....you are my absolute very best. Sean Kennedy from SKF Zambia LTD, you loaded this chair onto your truck in SA and delivered it to the family in Zambia. And lastly to Ruth Stubbs who works for the Paige Project, you have dedicated your life to children like Prisca, collecting previously used disability equipment from all over the province for similar children. May a million blessings fall upon you from the heavens.
People suffer so much in Africa, just to have brought some joy to a little one and her mother is such therapy for the soul! ...
Looking for a therapist (perhaps doing community service and who lives in Joburg) who works in a rural community. Need to take aluminium walking sticks to hand out FOR FREE to the needy in those communities out in the middle of nowhere. These sticks are from Rotary Northcliff and are intended to help those who have nothing. They are not to be sold. Please inbox me, I need to distribute them. ...
Northcliff Rotary Club my heart is filled with such admiration and love for you. Dave Woodhouse, you and your team have operated out of an underground parking lot in the middle of town for umpteen years, selfless dedication. The oldest and the youngest with physical limitations come looking for disability equipment. There is something for everyone here at reduced rates or for free if needs be. Containers filled with previously loved wheelchairs and more arrive regularly from various countries and every Friday the shop opens from 12 pm to 2pm. Thank you for this service to humanity. ...