August 2021: Vegetable Gardens

Children of the Dawn started Food Garden projects that are aimed at addressing food insecurity in rural South Africa. The project also aims to address nutritional support to families and the community. Currently, we have two pilot Garden projects in Lenyenye (Limpopo) and Mpumaze (KwaZulu- Natal) our garden projects created temporary employment for six (6) community members as gardening champions; the garden projects are overseen by the Mpumaze and Lenyenye Coordinators in their respective areas.

Initially, the stipends were offered for four months in both Mpumaze and Lenyenye; Lenyenye’s stipends have been extended until May 2022. Our teams have completed an intensive 3-month training programme. The training covered themes such as, knowing your land and climate, creating organic compost, preparation of the ground, planting of seeds, germination and maintenance, harvesting, etc. We have sourced funding to implement the gardening project in 4 other areas; Bushbuckridge, Ermelo, Mangweni and Matatiele.

We would like to showcase the Lenyenye garden (above). A borehole was installed and supplies water for the vegetable garden at the  CRP Centre in Serare, a small village located in Lenyenye. The harvested vegetables are handed out with the food parcels, prepared and served as part of the meals offered to the children when they come for activities and the surplus is sold and profits reinvested to sustain the garden. This project has also been extended to the families of beneficiaries, we have thus far  supplied 50 families in Lenyenye with seedlings to start their own home gardens. Pictured above is the COTD garden at CRP in Serare. Through our donation of seedlings as well as continuous assistance from garden champions, we hope to extend our reach in Lenyenye.