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May 1, 2018

Greening Nourish Creches

Planting at our Creches!
Planting at our Creches!

The last few months at Nourish have been a little bit hectic, but we have focused our RISE outreach attention to working with our creches to help them establish ( or in some cases re-establish ) vegetable gardens. Working in partnership with Wildlands Conservation Trust, Benneth has been hosting permacutlture training days, teaching about the benefit of companion planting, mulching and how to save water. 4 creches now have small vegetable gardens implemented, which they are now harvesting from -- Languthelani and Tsogang Basadi already get lots of spinach and beetroot to add to their feeding schemes. Working torwards food security is a big step forward for each of our creches. 

 

We have also just done assessment visits on our creches, with one of the Nourish Board members Happiness, to measure challenges and successes and see where we can support each creche with their needs. An upcoming visit from Izingane Foundation, will lend mentorship to each creche during a day of site visits. Sometimes support is not money, but rather understanding and solidarity, and this is something we are glad to provide. 

 

Look forward to updating you after our mentorship days! 

Dec 28, 2017

A Special Nourish Christmas

The joy of a Gift
The joy of a Gift

These last few months have been focused around our Financial Literacy projects in the creches – starting the first bank accounts for more than 100 children. Don’t you remember growing up – every year your parents putting money into an account for you, for your studies or future one day? We hope the little First Bank accounts we started for these children will encourage their parents to save for them, to be in charge of their finances – and to one day be able to afford school uniforms or school books.

 

Thanks to some awesome donations during the Christmas season from individuals as well as local school, Southern Cross – we were able again to  drop off some amazing educational toys, including blocks, puzzles and so much more at Pfukani, Boikhotso, Keyelani, and Languthelani crèche.

 

In addition – we hosted a Teacher Training Workshop through Izingane Foundation – where we focused on challenges and successes in Early Childhood Development, the importance of a routine, and how to make easy educational toys. It was an honour for me to see such lovely teachers, an honour to have Lonie from Izingane host the workshop  - and an honour to have Belgian ECD teacher and intern Sabrina share her love of teaching and how to make simple resources. So EDUCATION – RESOURCES –and FINANCIAL LITERACY have been the course of the day.

 

Plus of course Christmas and the first NOURISH Graduation. We are so fortunate to have several of the Nourish crèche children sponsored- and it was partly through this funding (and another GlobalGiving Christmas campaign/private donors) that we hosted a special special event. 6 little Nourish graduates in cap and gown proudly graduated to Grade R ( “big school”) parents were so proud,hugging us and crying. In Africa – this symbol of going to school is a special one, a privilege that many grannies and old parents in post-apartheid South Africa don’t take for granted. It was so special for us to share their joy in seeing their childrens singing and dancing and performances. So clever our little kids! Thank you to all the donations that made sweets, toys, and even the first school uniforms possible. To every donation – and in specific every child sponsor, please never underestimate the difference your money made in the lives of these little children.  Instead of the usual Santa – we brought in some CONSERVATION love with Mr Elephant handing our the prezzies, trepidation and then little hands lovingly stroking Mr Elephant as they excitedly got their gifts.

 

To all we wish you a wonderful Christmas- and we bear in mind the words of Mother Theresa-

We can do no great things – only small things, with GREAT LOVE.  Thank you all!

PLEASE check out the link for the photos of the Graduation, & Christmas ( WIFI too bad to upload pics unfortunately ) so please check out the link 

Our Graduates - so proud!
Our Graduates - so proud!

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Dec 11, 2017

Creating Entrepeneurship by Processing Moringa

Labelled & ready to sell- our Capsules!
Labelled & ready to sell- our Capsules!
Subject: A Slow Start
Project Coordinator/ Writer: Sarah Bergs
Our Moringa orchard has been holding its own over the last couple months, as Mpumalanga faced a harsh drought. The drought was a difficult time and many trees suffered as a result. However, now we have had our first few rains for the Summer reason, and trees are starting to green and revive. We are harvesting the leaves as we speak -the leaves will play two functions. 
Firstly we will use them in the daily meal at Nourish - as part of bringing more nutrition into the feeding scheme. Moringa is a superfood - and its important with so many HIV positive children to bring a strong vitamin supplement into the food. 
We have also taught a lovely local woman called Splendour how to take the leaves ( which are harvested by 2 local grannies from the village, who are unemployed ) and package the powder into capsules and package it. This will become a form of income generation for Splendour and her family. 
So a slow start, but starting to see some special progress with our Moringa brand!
Adding nutrients to Lunch
Adding nutrients to Lunch
 
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