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‘Charity Begins with Me’ founder Stephen Ferreira is sowing the seeds of hope by assisting the community, where his charity is based, to build a food garden.


Fairlands, South Africa (28 January 2021) – ‘Charity Begins With Me’ started as a feeding scheme to feed children every Sunday. Founder Stephen Ferreira started by feeding 50 children, but it grew to more than 400 every Sunday over time. The non-profit has since grown into a fully-fledged organisation that supports and uplifts an entire community.

Stephan Ferreira was diagnosed with Leukemia several years ago now, but he refused to let the diagnosis destroy his life! Instead, he decided to spend the rest of his life dedicated to making the world a better place for the less fortunate.

Stephen has been running several projects through lockdown as a way to support the community that relies on the charity. Many have struggled during the lockdown, and with the help of Charity Begins With Me, they are doing so much better. However, Stephen believes strongly in giving a hand up and not a handout.

This means that everyone that benefits from the charity’s work, gives back in one way or another. The recycling project started recently helps people clean their communities, and in exchange for their recycling, they get a small food parcel. People can also volunteer for the charity, and the community is working hard to make a beautiful food garden.

The food garden has started thriving, but they are in need of colder season vegetables to start planning their winter garden.

Some examples of seeds you can donate that will go far are as follows:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbage
  • Pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beetroot
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Turnips
  • Spring Onions
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Radish

You can reach out to Stephen via Facebook here to donate your seeds; he is located in Northern Johannesburg, Fairlands. If Stephen’s organisation isn’t your nearest one, you can find an organisation to support using our food garden charity list here.

Sources: Facebook (Linked Above) 
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