Khayelitsha Easter Holiday Programme

During the recent Easter Holidays, the Cape Town OVC Team worked tirelessly to organise a holiday programme for children aged between twelve and eighteen years. The OLF staff were concerned that many children would be left with nothing to do over the school break and hence, be at risk of engaging in negative behaviour. With that in mind, the team hosted five day long holiday clubs in three halls around Khayelitsha. They played games with the children, engaged in a number of sporting activities, gave the kids a light meal and provided the children with HIV Prevention Education Messages. In total, over four hundred children attended the clubs and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. As well as having a fun time, the children really gained valuable knowledge about HIV/ Aids, how to make wise decisions in life and how to protect themselves.

The team must be congratulated for the way they were prepared to work over their precious public holidays, the amount of effort that they put into organising such a big event and for ensuring that the holiday programme was such a success. These types of events serve to highlight the wonderful hearts of the staff that we have working here at OLF. A special thank you must be said to Sibusiso Gumede, Cynthia Nkani, Thandazwa Molo, Zanoxolo Mthethi, Thanduxolo Nyathela, Patrick Mguli, Nolubabalo Matsalo, Lukhanyo Mavikela and Mhlangabezi Masizana for their hard work behind the scenes in preparation for the event.

Food gardening in Zandspruit

Since 2007 the OVC team in Zandspruit informal settlement was looking for a place to establish a food garden. It was not easy because Zandspruit is a small area. It is still a private property, and most of the places in Zandspruit are owned by farmers in the area. The Emthonjeni community centre however has a large area with unused land to grow vegetables.

This site is where OLF has its offices. Every time the OVC team spoke to the Emthonjeni about using the land for a food garden they found that another organization had requested to use the land already. All of these organizations were however unable to sustain their gardens. Then the Emthonjeni manager decided to give the opportunity to OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF).

The garden was launched on the 11/ 09/ 10. The Mosaic church volunteers helped out and donated seedlings and manure on the launch day.

On that day Mosaic Church, OLF staff and members of the Zandspruit Child Care Forum planted the following: Lettuce, cabbage, red pepper, sweet pepper, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes and spinach. Zandspruit youth and other members of the community received education on how to make compost and to use car tires efficiently for pot plants. The garden was officially handed into OLF’s responsibility.

Large quantities of spinach was harvested. Some of the produce was donated to a partner school called Golang and some were given to needy households and children.

Martin from Farming God’s Way trained the OLF staff and the community members who were also involved on how to plant mealies by using the God’s Way method.