The Seeding Futures programme addresses climate change and the youth unemployment crises by inspiring and equipping individuals to build their own resilience and position for work opportunities in the local green economy. We are grateful for your support of this important program.
Seeding Future is the heartbeat of our work, the starting point of our journey with our beneficiaries as well as the transformation of the communities they represent.
We thank you sincerely for your belief in our work, we know there lots of causes needing support and we thank you so much for choosing us.
IMPACT AT A GLANCE
136 Seeding Futures graduates
67 Alumni mentored as facilitators
3 810 reached by 40 Alumni facilitators through 87 teaching days
122 Outdoor Classroom lessons
64 green economy partners
38 enterprises equipped 136
15 enterprises incubated
6 Alumni markets
6,480 Job Placement hours into green economy
ROCKLANDS RESILIENCE HUB
LOCAL FOOD RESILIENCE
677kg vegetables to local feeding schemes
5, 432 meals to people who need them
150 Organic Gardening graduates
21 Community Gardens, feeding 3161 implement resilience resources
642,000 seedlings sold to home gardeners
259 individuals through tours
25 local home gardens ignited
LOCAL ENERGY RESILIENCE
The Smart School Solar system saved the following:
21.3 tonnes of CO2
562,9 kg sulphur
7,020 kg coal
The equivalent of planting 12 trees
15,985 kWh of energy generated by the system, 96% of which is used by the school.
Two-thirds (69%) of households in the Cape Flats were living below the food poverty index prior to the disastrous economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdowns.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light the vulnerabilities of our food systems and served as a rehearsal for the impending climate crises. It has presented us with a unique opportunity to foster local production for local consumption, with shorter value chains and greater diversity and resilience. This shift liberates us from the destructive industrial feeding system, empowering communities to take control of their own destinies.
We take pride in the leadership shown by SEED Alumni, who have spearheaded efforts to enhance community food resilience by establishing food gardens during the Covid-19 lockdowns and addressing the escalating hunger in their surroundings.
However, we have yet to establish a program that supports our Alumni in ensuring the long-term sustainability of these food gardens.
Presently, our Alumni offer Organic Gardening workshops to individuals interested in cultivating local food production within the Cape Flats. Additionally, we provide Resilience Design workshops, enabling participants to apply the Permaculture design process to their community gardens. We offer ongoing support and resources to assist them in their endeavors.
The interdependence of our food systems and petrol prices has become exceedingly evident. Localizing our food systems emerges as the only viable solution to ensure that we can adequately feed our people.
SEED Alumni, Noma Ruiters teaches about soil.
Another cohorts of capacitated community gardeners
The Seeding Futuresprogram operates at two levels; We focus on building resilience and green economy skills in individuals and we work systemically through mapping and stimulating the local green economy with the aim to understanding the career pathways for our Alumni.
The last month of our program includes a Job Placement with a local green enterprise, these placements are brokered with a skills and aptitude fit and participants apply for Job Placement and gain confidence in the job application process.
The Job Placements are mutually beneficial, students get hands of experience of working in a enterprise and our green economy partners benefit from capacitated human capital and the opportunity to trial interns before employment.
The program stimulates the local green economy with 16 000 hours per year and has an employment rate of 60%. We have also incubated 30 Alumni enterprises this year.
We are now going to boost our Alumni into the job market and green economy where the multiplier impacts will take hold.
Look out for news about our plans for 2023 intake.
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