In South Africa, strict measures are in effect to restrain the coronavirus. The lockdown has a big impact on the lives of people in the townships, where everyone lives close together. In Khayelitsha, the largest township in Cape Town, people have to leave their homes for everything, to get groceries, to get water, to go to the communal toilet. It’s even more challenging to get enough food daily.
To bring about change, a team consisting of OKRA, RCDC, 1 to 1 Agency of Engagement, Urban Works, Isidima and Jack Carter Architects has started transforming the school grounds of Intlanganiso Secondary School in Khayelitsha into a local community hub for sports, urban agriculture and healthcare: the Lukhanyo Hub. Supported by the government, a sports pitch and an urban farm with integrated aquaponics and hydroponics have been realized on the school’s land.
For several years, Jeremy Jones is taking care of the garden and coordinating the gardeners and trainees. Children at the Intlanganiso School are taught to plant and grow crops as well. During this crisis, the vegetable garden in section BT in Khayelitsha has a very positive function. We gave the farmers plastic gloves and masks so that they can work safely. Jeremy Jones, who is coordinating food production of the garden at the Intlanganiso School, is taking care of continuation of raising crops.
Vital community centre
Even though the school is closed, it plays a vital role as a community centre. Today, the vegetable garden is already hard at work, supporting the local community. Food is distributed at the site, and locals are already volunteering and hard at work preparing and delivering the food to the children. Specific families, connected to the school, are also supported with food over a period of time. At present, food distribution is taking place and will be performed once a week for the next four weeks. But we all want to do much more.
Meanwhile, we will buy the products from local farmers to serve to the children. Jeremy is coordinating a large number of urban farmers on the Cape Flats. They sell their products to local markets at low prices. With the lockdown, it will be difficult to sell their products, and some may even go to waste, and thus the farmers lose valuable income. The food and seedlings are bought to guarantee payment for the farmers and feed the 220 children at the Intlanganiso School.
Please help and donate
With your help, we can contribute to empowering local people to turn this situation around. Donate and we can:
• Further expand the garden in size and its capacity to feed people, so that more can learn the skills of gardening and set up gardens of their own.
• Deliver tools, seeds and protective equipment for the virus, and other crucial resources that the local people need in order to be able to be autonomous, healthy, and safe.
• Food and seedlings will be bought to guarantee payment for the farmers and feed the 220 children at the Intlanganiso School. The coronavirus crisis presents a new specific problem: Jeremy Jones is coordinating a large number of urban farmers on the Cape Flats. With the lockdown, it will be difficult for farmers to sell their products, and some may even go to waste, meaning that the farmers lose valuable income. With your help, we can prevent that.
• Feed families including vulnerable adults. Sustaining the family unit is essential to enable the children to survive and be able to return to school and participate.
• Finally, if we raise enough money our stretch goal is to establish an Urban Agriculture Training Centre and Food Board.
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