Khazimula Children’s Project
Situated in Lidgetton, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Khazimula (Zulu for “Striving to Shine”) provides a home and gives care to orphans and vulnerable young children found roaming the streets in nearby towns and villages. The children are very often traumatized and victims of abuse, many having lost one or both parents to the HIV/AIDS crisis ravaging South Africa. The emotional, physical and educational needs are addressed by 6 dedicated staff overseen and directed by the unswerving commitment of Father Mvuyo, the Principal. The full complement of 30 children aged between 6 and 16 are housed in an old rural school building just outside Lidgetton, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
The purpose of the centre is, first and foremost, to provide a secure launch-pad from which the children can journey daily to and from the local schools, be fed, watered, nurtured and loved by the caring staff and, secondly, but of equal importance, to prepare and equip the children for the time when they return to their families and communities to fend for themselves.
To learn more, you can visit their website by clicking here.
Khazimula’s Wish List:
- Further storage facilities in the form of a container
- Upgrade of the dormitory lockers
- Repainting of the floors of the dormitories and tiling in the dining hall
- Continued funding for the family reunification – petrol for visits, dedicated staff member
- Funding for educational camps and programs during the holidays
- Decent strong tables in the dining hall
The Holy Family Care Centre
The non-denominational centre responds to the needs of the sick and vulnerable, especially orphaned children with HIV and AIDS. It is run by an international community of Sisters, The Daughters of the Lady of the Sacred Heart. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers work with the Sisters to provide individual and loving care for over seventy orphans.
To learn more, click here to visit their website.
Holy Family Care Centre Wish List:
- A sturdy second hand truck for collecting milk from the dairy and for general use in the local area – collecting vegetables
- 20 new sturdier beds for the small boys dormitory
Dixie Community Garden
Situated on the western side of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve at Dixie Primary School, Mpumalanga, South Africa
The Dixie Community Garden is DSA Pay It Forward’s newest community garden project. The garden is located at the Dixie Primary School, within walking distance from the Simbambili garden. The initial structures were constructed during July 2014 and they have been covered with shade cloth. To begin, three ladies will be employed to plant and tend the garden. The first planting of the garden is scheduled for mid August 2014. The plan is to market and sell vegetables to the local Dixie community at very low prices, sell produce to game lodges in the area, and supply the Dixie School’s kitchen with fresh vegetables 3 to 4 times per week for the 170 children attending the school.
Dixie’’s Wish List:
1st year’s operating costs (salaries for 3 ladies working in the garden)
Simbambili Community Garden
Situated on the western side of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve at Manyangana High School, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Simbambili is a vegetable and herb garden that provides food and employment to local residents. The garden is located next to the Manyangana High School. Some of the food grown here is distributed to 700+ students in the local schools to provide meals during school hours. The produce is also sold to nearby tourist lodges for a profit that can be put back into growing the garden. Herbs and vegetables are also sold at very low prices to the community.
While healthy food is an important resource that Simbambili provides, the women of the community are also trained to work here and make respectable wages. For women in a largely patriarchal society where domestic violence is common, paying jobs make a difference to the empowerment of women.
The two-acre garden uses organic pesticides when possible, and it also provides an encouraging and supportive atmosphere for the 11 women that work the gardens, who are allowed to bring their children with them in support of the World Health Organization’s recommendation that children be breastfed until at least age two.
Simbambili’s Wish List:
Additional water storage tanks
Washing and Drying shelter
Tucson Village Farm
Tucson Village Farm (TVF) is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of our community. A program of the Pima County Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona, TVF is a seed-to-table program designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices. To accomplish this, Tucson Village Farm offers year-round, instructional, hands-on programs for youth of all ages. We target urban youth from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The farm, located at 4210 N. Campbell Ave., serves as a safe urban location where youth can come to be out of doors and engage in physical activity while contributing to and participating in local food production, preparation, and consumption.