They spend their working days growing food for their communities, but on Monday, more than 100 members of the Urban Rural Development Capacity Building Project in Langa received all the attention, thanks to the Women’s Day Diamond Jubilee celebrations. According to Nompumelelo Ngoqo, the founder of the group, the event was to emphasize the value of women in society.“Today we want to tell them they are appreciated and that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Growing food to sustain homes is no small feat and therefore today they deserve to be pampered.” The women were given small gift packs and were served a sumptuous meal each to much elation.Ngoqo founded the organisation in 2000 with Mrs Skhutshwa as a means towards poverty alleviation. Currently, the organisation runs 14 food gardens in Langa, Khayelitsha and Nyanga and has a membership of 140 women.“Initially our main focus was tackling poverty by growing food for communities and focus on women. But as time went on we realised that there was also a need for men to join in, including the youth,” she explained.Ngojo said that they then started working on programmes to fight youth unemployment, which resulted in the placing of various students in organisations as interns and employees. “Four of our young people are undergoing training at the Iziko Restaurant cooking school. We also noticed that there was also a child that had university qualifications but could not get work.So we worked hard to get them placed and as a result we have one learner who is a civil engineer, and is employed by the City of Cape Town. Another is a mechanical engineer and is employed by a German car manufacturer,” a proud Ngoqo shared. She said that the number of young people that join the organisation seeking employment has risen. “Many of them are even prepared to do the gardening work which is really wonderful as they are acquiring valuable skills,” she said. Ngoqo said that they have majority of their members were women that needed to support their families and that they deserved the downtime. “Today, they won’t work but they will be served by us. We understand their plight so we are kicking of the pampering which we hope they will get at home,” she concluded. Pumla Qwayi was one of the women on the pampering side of things, said that being part of the organisation has changed her life for the better. “I have been working here for two years and before that I had struggled to find work, making it hard for me and my four children. I’m happy that I can now afford to put food on the table,” she said.