Nutrition and Greening Project
Extreme poverty and unemployment in Mpumuza have resulted in widespread food insecurity. Many children are malnourished and this impacts their behavior, as well as development and educational achievement.
In addition, there has been little education related to the need to care for the environment, and this is evidenced by widespread environmental degradation.
Our food gardens and indigenous greening project seeks to address both nutritional issues and environmental education. We're doing this in a number of ways:
Through our partnership with local schools and creches, we've been able to set up 14 permaculture gardens with the help of principals, teachers, and local volunteers. The permaculture method uses the natural environment to sustainably grow organic produce which can be used to supplement the school lunches. By giving local schools access to quality, nutritious food, we're helping young bodies and minds to develop! Further, excess produce can be sold by the school and used to generate income. We've also seen schools giving excess produce to orphans or needy families who attend their schools.
Community Workshops and Trainings:
The permaculture gardens at local schools are run by volunteers (often grandparents or parents of the children enrolled in the school). Through workshops and training days, we are educating the community in sustainable gardening methods, which helps them maintain the school gardens as well as inspiring them to start their own gardens at home. We also host workshops and training days for the general community—as more people have seen the benefits of sustainable gardening, they are coming to learn how they can implement these practices in their own homes.
There is a need for local schools and community members to have access to seedlings for their gardens. iThemba has begun a seedling nursery at our community centre to fulfill this need, as well as to provide compost, "worm juice" and other resources for gardening. Seedlings are sold in wider markets to generate sustainable income, and sold locally at a reduced cost. Ideally, this small business can expand to employ more people and one day even finance the whole food gardens project.
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