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Dinner on the table
Twenty orphaned and vulnerable children in Mthatha were the first recipients of produce from a food garden started within the Chanti community.
Spefundevu Junior Secondary School is situated within the Chanti rural community in Mthatha. There is a high prevalence of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and poverty is a daily struggle within this community.
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) realized through their interaction with children at Kidz Clubs and Support Groups that several children within this community were attending school on empty stomachs and often the entire day would pass without having access to any type of food.
In April 2008 the partnership was established with Spefundevu JSS School. Above mentioned Kidz Club and Support Group were formed within the school with the assistance of school staff. In December 2008 the school donated a piece of land to the OLIVE LEAF Foundation OVC team and they got started immediately preparing the land for potatoes and spinach. The potato seeds were supplied by OLF office in Mthatha and the spinach seeds from the Spefundevu JSS School Governing Body.
The garden is monitored closely since its creation and the results were extremely pleasing, when in March of this year the vegetables that had been planted were ready for harvest. Nine males and eleven females were provided with food from this although there are several children within the community that are in need of nutritional support, these children were identified as most needy. There are plans to plant a greater variety of vegetables to increase the number of children that will benefit from the food garden.
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