Self sustainability plays a big role in every community and Kurland Edu Center is no different. They were in need of a vegetable patch so the children can have a home-grown, wholesome meal during the day. So on Saturday the 16th of March, this is exactly what we did. From the start, we wanted this project to be owned by the school and the parents, so we met with the community and told them the nutritional benefits of eating freshly picked vegetables as well as the importance of taking ownership of the vegetable patch.
The original veggie patch was sadly neglected. A few scraggling mealie plants whose yields were plundered by youths jumping over the wall whenever there was something worthy of picking. The soil was poor and the few vegetables struggling to grow were weed throttled.
We we not sure how many parents would pitch on the day, but armed with spades, some bags of compost donated by Tenikwa, we arrived. And to our joy, were met and joined by enthusiastic parents, the local fire fighters, and volunteers from WWISA and Narysec. First off, we had to clear the yard.
Just look at how many people turned out for the morning! And next, all hands on deck to prepare the soil and form the beds.
Finally it was time to plant the seeds, and give everyone a “High Five” for a job well done.
We want the thank the all the parents, Ronel, the Principal, Dada and her fire fighting team, Colene Jonkers and her team from Narysec (National rural youth service corps) as well as Ben with his American volunteers. Thank you all for your time, efforts and your sense of humor. All of you made this into a truly memorable day.