Thembalethu Care Organisation, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Project Description

Rotarian Brian Davies visited the Thembalethu (Our Hope) care organisation in South Africa which was recommended by the Durban Bay RC as a charity they are working closely with and requiring support. Thembalethu is a care organisation who work in a rural area in the central Drakensberg area - their primary focus has been on home-based care to the area's sick and assistance to orphaned and vulnerable children. They are expanding their services and have set up a community resource centre. Once a month they host a rehabilitation outreach from a hospital to provide speech, physio and occupational therapy to disabled children and other community members requiring their support. They also run a daily food kitchen to feed local children before and after school as well as assisting them with homework and other care and support. Producing their own vegetables would enable them to provide fresh, nutritious food to orphaned and vulnerable children through their food kitchen, to provide community-based food parcels that would be delivered to very impoverished orphaned and vulnerable children, and to their indigent HIV patients - all of whom desperately need good nutrition to improve their health status. Any excess produce would be sold to the community to recover some of the costs of running the garden. The area suffers water shortages so to set up a garden requires a rainwater recovery system in addition to tools, fencing, shade netting and seeds etc. It was agreed that Felixstowe Landguard RC provide £450.00 of funding and apply for a £450.00 matching grant from the District Simplified Grant funds to set up the garden

The Result

A rainwater recovery and storage system was purchasedi and installed - the system can store 15,000 litres of water. The vegetable garden has been contructed and in use.

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