Garden project gets much-needed donation

2017-03-15 06:03
PHOTO: lucky khanyileAcacia Park residents involved in a gardening project were thrilled to receive a donation of seeds, fertilisers, fencing, and a 1 000-litre water tank from Gift of the Givers last week.

PHOTO: lucky khanyileAcacia Park residents involved in a gardening project were thrilled to receive a donation of seeds, fertilisers, fencing, and a 1 000-litre water tank from Gift of the Givers last week.

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ACACIA Park residents involved in a gardening project were thrilled to receive a donation of seeds, fertilisers, fencing, and a 1 000-litre water tank from Gift of the Givers last week.

Partnered by Capital City Housing NPC, Gift of the Givers visited the community who have invested their time in an initiative that seeks to assist the unemployed through a self-sustaining garden project.

Tracy Adkins from Gift of the Givers said that the gardening project empowers and uplifts the unemployed residents in Acacia Park. “We are teaching them sustainable skills rather than giving them food parcels all the time. The garden keeps them busy while it also puts food on the table. They can make an income out of this, though it might not be enough but certainly they will not expect handouts,” she said.

Capital City Housing NPC came aboard and offered fencing for the garden as well. The company’s community development officer, Byron Abrahams, commended the project, saying it brings the community together.

“Community development is central to the belief of Capital City Housing. We are grateful to have a partner such as Gift of the Givers Foundation, which has so generously provided us with seeds for the garden, as well as fertilisers and a water tank. We look forward to a closer relationship as we work together to improve the lives of all our tenants,” said Abrahams.

Julian Mngomezulu, a resident at Acacia Park, is unemployed and volunteers to ensure that the garden is in a good state and well looked after.

“Mngomezulu has been off great assistance here. He doesn’t expect anything in return but he gives his heart out to ensure that the garden is taken care of. The children are also a great and enthusiastic source of help. Many of their parents are unemployed or receive a small income, so Gift of the Givers generously provided nutrition and detergent packs to their parents,” said Adkins.

She said the project will keep on empowering the poor as 10 people received parcels. “The Acacia Park Garden project is for the entire Acacia Park community, and will benefit all tenants as it grows from success to success over the months and years to come.”

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