When parents are unemployed and families are poor, it is impossible to create a safe and caring environment for their children. The garden projects were created to address these predisposing factors.
So far, we have two garden projects, one at Faranani Primary School and the other one at the Joe Gquabi Integrated Centre. We plant both on the ground and in Veggie Tunnels. The produce from the Veggie Tunnels is sold to a local Pick n Pay and surplus is shared by the participants in the project and also donated to the school soup kitchen. The Faranani garden has grown from humble beginnings to an award-winning project – they were awarded the first runner-up prize at the Agri Business Women in 2012, in the category of Best Community Project and won the Nestle Community Nutrition Award in 2016.
The tunnels were donated by the following:
- South African German Network (Sage-Net)
- Aspen Pharmacare
- Consol Glass (Pty) Ltd
- Mango Airlines
- Eskom Foundation
- Randwater Foundation