DUT student to help children’s home revive market garden

2010-07-28 00:00

AFTER months of conflict in the ranks of its management, Sunlit Gardens Children’s Home is regrowing its market garden with the help of a student, Fahaadh Hassani.

A change in management almost a year ago caused the market garden at the children’s home to become neglected, said Pundit Kenny Pillay, a director of the children’s home.

“We had decided to re-establish the garden when we were approached by Hassani, who wanted to offer his assistance.

“He is sincere and has real passion to do it ... He could not have come at a better time.”

Hassani, an environmental health student at the Durban University of Technology, came to Pietermaritzburg during his training as his studies require him to implement his theoretical knowledge in a practical setting that benefits society.

“I saw this huge piece of land going to waste and I thought, ‘Why not do something with it’,” said Hassani.

He added that his aim is to make the garden a sustainable project that will provide the home with fresh vegetables, reducing its costs and earning funds through the sale of the surplus

Hopefully, it will also improve the children’s nutrition.

“I also plan to get the children involved,” said Hassani.

“Many of them are orphaned or abused, and teaching them skills like growing their own food will benefit them.”

Contact Fahaadh at 082 414 4477 if you would like to become involved in the project or help with funding

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