The Bonteheuwel Development Forum recently planted fruit trees for a school to help boost future food security for children in need.
Bonteheuwel, South Africa (13 October 2020) – Six schools in Bonteheuwel are being given a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic that will establish them for years to come. The Bonteheuwel Development Forum is leading the charge to ensure the children have a fruitful future.
The forum was established to help tackle the extreme poverty felt by the communities youngest citizens. The forum created a food security programme and installed beautiful food gardens at several schools surrounding the community. Not only are they trying to combat poverty through food gardens, but they also hope that community involvement will lead to a decrease in crime, creating a safe space for all.
The forum is going back to their roots, back to when their grandparents were around and nobody went hungry even though they were poor.
“We going back to our roots by passing the baton of self-sustainability and food security the way our grandparents and those before them taught us to.
We were poor but never went hungry.
We shall continue in strengthening our fight against poverty and hunger by having fun whilst learning and teaching our youth and pioneers to be self-sustainable and protecting our pride and dignity.”
Thanks to donations, they were recently able to plant twelve trees at each of the six participating schools. They are building up food gardens and a food forest at each of these locations.
“We are planting apple, plum, peach and pear trees for our children at our various schools that are participating in our food security programme. This is a welcome addition to our community food gardens.
Thus far we have planted 12 trees at each of the following participating schools:
- Arcadia Primary
- Boundary Primary
- Bramble Way Primary
- Mimosa Primary
- Rosewood Primary, and
- Modderdam High
The forum welcomes the addition of other schools and encourages representatives to reach out if they are in need of assistance. This can be done via their Facebook page here.
“Should any school want to participate in our food security programme please do not hesitate to contact our street and block committee members to assist in growing food and fruit for our children.
We once again want to thank farmer Errol from Genadendal and Riviersonderend Nursery for their support and generous donations in helping to realise our vision of building a food secure Bonteheuwel with its own food forest.
We appeal to our parents to get involved and ask that they remind our children to take greywater to school for use in our community food gardens.”
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