Soil for Life:
Soil for Life have developed techniques for gardening with little water in the sandy Cape Flats of Capetown . These proven methods are vital this summer 2017/18 as water shortages have reached disaster levels in Capetown due to the lack of winter rains.
https://qz.com/1110143/cape- town-drought-and-water- shortage-in-south-africa-is- now-a-disaste/
Soil for Life run 12 week home gardens courses for 200 people at a time Student Anita of Delft says :
“My proudest day was when I harvested my tomatoes, celery, kale, radishes and many other veggies and herbs. Water restrictions presented a huge challenge on developing and expanding my garden but the methods that Soil for Life taught us improvise by saving water through mulching and using watering cans from old jam tins and plastic bottles. I also improvise by using grey water, which we collect from bath and washing water. I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Soil for Life for bringing such a positive change to me individually and to my community”.
Midland Meander Education Project:
Thatu’s sponsored sustainable food gardens based in primary schools in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal continue to thrive. Midland Meander Education Project run the scheme and are now involving the local communities around the schools - one benefit is to help bring back roaming chickens and goats!
Visiting AI Kajee Primary School the facilitator said ” The original garden that we created 5 years ago, on a terrible clay hardpan, has survived quite well but the garden is looking a little sad and bare from the harsh winter. The Grade 7 boys tackled the swale and another team dug a line around the fence-line of the garden to prepare it for climbing beans. The boys worked hard and we managed to transform the garden in a few hours. It was heavy labour and extremely hot !”
The project teaches permaculture in schools, hosts community workshops and works with local partners like Snake Country on snake and diversity talks.
On possibly the windiest day of the year, Jacob, Marcel & Mustafa, members of the Youth Advisory Panel, and Gloria set off on the challenging slopes of London’s famous Richmond Park. The mud was flying high as they rode down a few treacherous hills on their 10-mile trek but nothing had quite prepared them for the 15-minute stand-off with one of the parks residential coveted deer’s who decided that he owned the cycle path and any rider who dared to pass, better beware! When the huge antlered beast wandered back onto the grass the cyclists increased their speed so that they could still complete the circuit within two hours. The exhilarated team were rewarded with prosecco and cake at the finish line, and as flutes were clinked all agreed it was a most worthwhile event.
We have raised over £400 from this event- if you would like to donate please go to: https://www.mydonate.bt.com/ fundraisers/thatufunride2017
Thatu raises funds to help improve the health, education, nutrition and life-chances of some of the lowest-income communities in South Africa.