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.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation is running a maths program in a very poorly performing school in Soweto. We are taking grade 8 learners back to where the problem started, grade 3/4 maths. This program is phenomenal, its being run by Lord of Singapore Maths South Africa. Learners are getting e'Pap Technology before the lesson on a Saturday (children take 4 packets), and The Family Life Centre has run a counselling program with the children. Our numbers have dwindled and I insisted on them being tested to see their maths skills, the results appeared to be very so -so. Whew was I disappointed. I went to the school this week to discuss with them who will be invited to the incredible day that we have planned at the end of September. Wow. I should have done this months ago. The head of department at the school, and the teacher who oversees the needs of the most needy children happened to meet me. They told me they had smiled all morning when they looked at the list of learners Lord had identified to be invited, our 'frequent flyers'. They were essentially the children who had absolutely nothing. They came from the most poverty stricken families, they had no clothes or school shoes, they have seen the worst of humankind. These children saw a future for themselves. They were determined to lift themselves out of poverty. These are the children who we are assisting! I have long noticed that look of despair in their eyes and the threadbare clothes many wear, but I didnt put two and two together. Going back to our aim of the program, there is was: to develop a love for maths and instill self confidence in children. The Noah Project is a resounding success. Marks are not the issue here, we are building children who live in hell. So so proud. ...
Remember this little man, Tumelo? I carried him out of his shocking shack 2 years ago, weighing just 13kg, aged 9. He was covered in faeces, had no clothes and was covered by a dirty towel. Rats had bitten off the tIps of some of his toes. Matthew Du Plessis of the SA Human Rights Commission stepped in to facilitate his removal.
Here he is today, bless Little Eden Society. Still in his own world, but thriving. Sister Maritza....bless you again.Moira Simpson of Kids Haven took in his siblings and cousin. Thank heavens for such wonderful people with such huge hearts. Michael Said ...
The lifespan of a dog in the squatter camps is around 9 months I think. The conditions there are shocking, food is minimal and there are maniacs who are so disturbed, they get a kick out of killing.....so with that heres an update on the puppies that were chained to their kennels, an animal inspector put them on wire runners and they ran up and down very happily for about a month.
They are no more. Poisoned. A very upset grandmother came to tell me this on Wednesday.
As usual it has taken me a few days to internalise and post. Life is so bizarrely cruel there that its difficult to speak about on the day, a few days later it starts making sense.
Another good day helping dogs and a cat in the squatter camp. Two more dogs taken for sterilization, one put on a wire runner. Warmest thank you to Tercia Smith of Marltons pet products for the donation of deworming liquid and collars, as well as Jen Mills of Ascendis Health. The collars we will keep for dogs who have been tied up to kennels, they will be part of the runners. ...
God bless those who make it their life's work to care for the helpless. We salute you Little Eden Society who have taken in Meshack and Shadrack, the twins who lived in such deprivation and who so desperately need assistance as their little bodies become weaker and more debilitated. Their parents have cared for them with love and devotion for 6 years now from home - a shack - in Protea South Squatter camp. As they get older things will get more demanding for mom, she has a 3 month old baby as well. Mealtimes will take hours as they struggle to eat. Enter wonderful Sister Maritza, she is in charge of the home. She has also seen the boys plight and is familiar with their home circumstances from FB. She took them in, not flinching that there were 2 of them, recognizing this was a lifesaving move. Their lives would have been shortened and filled with much suffering if she hadnt take pity on them. Here they will be fed full bowls of food (they just ate and ate and ate), and then had dessert. They will have therapy and even have a juccuzi weekly. Meshi has so deteriorated over the last 8 months, he is a shadow of who he was, he is now worse than Shadi. They will have their own beds, therapy, and hours of stimulation. Mom will come visit, but their survival won't depend on her anymore. Isn't this what its all about - fellow human beings trying make life bearable for those who are born into such terrible adversity? ...