Pot plants for funds

2018-03-20 06:01
The Learn to Grow Foundation aim to raise funds through self-made pot plantsPHOTOS: aishah cassiem

The Learn to Grow Foundation aim to raise funds through self-made pot plantsPHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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Excited volunteers, including single mothers and unemployed people, at a local non-profit organisation are calling on the public to support them in purchasing their self-made pot plants with the aim of raising much-needed funds to maintain a community upliftment venture.

The Learn to Grow Foundation, which works in underprivileged areas across the Cape Flats, is forced to seek funds from the public to maintain a food and gardening project, this after People’s Post published the group’s story last month (“Learn, live, grow”, 14 February­)­.

Nazier Paulsen, the founder of the organisation, says the response from the community has been phenomenal, leaving him no option but to raise funds to accommodate the large number of unemployed individuals, public schools and even old age homes that have made contact with him in the last few weeks.

Paulsen’s project aims to educate individuals on growing their own food and plants at home, while also educating them on using water-saving methods, and has been self-funded since its establishment in 2017.

“I started off with a small group and it is now leading to larger groups. We are not asking people to send large amounts of money, but we are asking them to purchase self-made items made by our youth, single mothers and the unemployed who volunteer at the organisation. We are also inviting them to come and view the process, if they have time, to see how their money is being used to uplift those in need,” he says.

Paulsen says items being sold to bring in funds for the organisation include pot plants fully finished with soil, seeds, flowers and water-saving irrigation systems. “It is very easy to maintain. Everything is done. You just have to water it as described in the information sheets attached to the package. The funds are for a good cause and with the public’s assistance it could reach much more people than we aim to work with.”

Pot plants and micro farms made by volunteers come in different sizes and colours and are planted according to your request, with seeds or flowers, says Jonathan Abraham, a Grassy Park volunteer. “We have learned so much through these sessions. We are also able to make our own items with recycled materials provided and it can be sold for a living for us. We are hoping the public can assist us in order for us to benefit from more sessions.”

The funds raised will cover more sessions across the City. “We have never relied on external funding to date and have practically funded the operation with the things we make ourselves. This is basically to maintain our activities in poor areas to get people to grow their own vegetables and flowers and they don’t have to pay a cent for the sessions we offer. We provide them with all the equipment and training needed, free of charge,” adds Paulsen.

V For more information, call Nazier Paulsen on 082 092 6232.

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