Students give back to community

2019-08-20 06:00
Nathaniel Bent next to the two vegetable beds at the shelter.

Nathaniel Bent next to the two vegetable beds at the shelter.

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Third year students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Bellville have used a course assignment to give back to the community.

Diagnostic radiography students, Joel Meyer, Nathaniel Bent, Sherwin Genniker, Afshaa Chaudhry, Zunaida Van Harte, Ebrahim Vardien, Caleigh Richards and Aniqah Higgins received an assignment a few weeks ago to create something sustainable.

Chaudhry (20), from Morgan’s Village said: “Our group looked at the project and wanted to upskill and benefit people in the long term.”

She said group members, who come from Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park and Bellville, visited the Heaven Shelter House for abused women and children in Woodlands where they first assessed what the shelter needed before implementing their ideas.

Chaudhry explained that the group chose to give the shelter a vegetable garden for food security, taps for water conservation and water security. “We also looked at water-borne diseases and diarrhoea and explained how it can be treated.”

She said they taught the women and children about home remedies and how sugar water can be used.

Chaundry said everything went well and the group received a good response from the shelter.

On Tuesday 13 August the students hosted a thank-you party by giving manicures to the ladies, doing face-painting, handing out food and party packs, sanitary towels and clothing that was donated.

The students also provided them with helpful information, encouraging women and children to have a sustainable garden, and hosted a self-defense class.

Chaundry said besides the fact that this was an assignment, the group also got value out of the project and were able to learn new things.

“This project allowed me to look at things from a different perspective and you learn to appreciate things. We visited the shelter so much, it became part of our lives.”

Chaundry said the project uplifted the group and had a great impact on all of their lives.

Bent (20) from Colorado Park said it was a great experience to give back to the community.

He said he got the idea of vegetable beds that are made from pellets, while watching YouTube videos.

He said the idea was to find cheap and efficient ways to help the community sustain themselves.

“It felt invigorating because you don’t normally do this, but knowing that you’ve helped someone gives you so much satisfaction.”

Bent said when they visited the shelter it was wonderful to be able to share knowledge and spark ideas that could assist the community and the shelter.

“I hope the shelter could see how the vegetable beds flourish which will hopefully lead to more beds,” Bent said, expectantly.


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