Gift of the Givers in Madiba initiative

2017-07-26 06:03
Gift of the givers staff with the children of Acacia park at the Mandela Day celebration.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Gift of the givers staff with the children of Acacia park at the Mandela Day celebration.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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GIFT of the Givers (GotG) and Capital City Housing (CCH) NPC, painted murals and distributed food packs to needy residents at Acacia park, as part of their Mandela Day initiative. Acacia Park is a social housing development that provides homes for 300 low middle income families and is run by Capital City Housing.

As part of its community development, both parties have partnered to create a sustainable market garden for the tenants. They also started a vegetable garden on the day.

Tracy Adkins from Gift of the Givers said they invited children to help with the planting and painting because children were so close to Mandela’s heart.

She said the vision of the garden is to create a space for tenants to engage in gardening activities, to learn more about health and nutrition and to develop practical and useful lifelong skills, which will benefit tenants throughout their lives.

“The project aims to provide a means for unemployed tenants to add healthy vegetables to their diet, as well as to provide them with marketable skills. Gift of the Givers has supported this vision by generously providing seeds, fertilizers and a water tank for the Acacia Park Market Garden on an on-going basis.

“We are teaching tenants sustainable skills rather than creating dependency and a ‘hand-out mentality’. The garden keeps tenants busy while it also puts healthy food on the table.”

Byron Abrahams, community development officer for Capital City Housing NPC, said: “We are truly grateful for the role Gift of the Givers is playing in partnering with us to improve the lives of our tenants. We look forward to an even closer relationship as we work together to make the vision of Tata Madiba a reality in our lifetime.” - Supplied.

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