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Uplifting the lives of vulnerable children in Katlehong

Ntombi Shezi from Katlehong started House of Paradise Women and Children to improve the lives of vulnerable community members and today her organisation cares for about 500 children daily.   

 With so many mouths to feed, Ntombi started a food garden in 2017 and Shoprite’s support has been a lifeline for her feeding scheme. “Without Shoprite’s support, I was still buying vegetables with my own money – I would have to take credit from the local shops. But this has really reduced the financial burden on me,” she explains.  

 Ntombi says they’ve been fortunate enough to receive gardening tools from Shoprite, as well as seedlings and compost which is delivered on a monthly basis.  

 Shoprite’s permaculture workshops have also equipped the community members who are working in the garden with organic and sustainable farming techniques. “We’ve learnt a lot, including how to fertilize the ground and how to prevent insects from eating plants.”   

 Water scarcity is an ongoing problem in the area and Shoprite has installed a water tank in line with the retailer’s goal of building the resilience of communities, particularly in the face of climate change and challenges.   

 The garden has already yielded cabbage, green pepper, broccoli, beetroot, spinach, spring onion, tomato and herbs. Ntombi says they’re now able to prepare a nutritious balanced breakfast and lunch for around 35 little ones at the early childhood development (ECDcentre as well as lunch for more than 400 learners at the aftercare centre in the afternoons.  

 “We make meals like pap, beans and cabbage or carrots, rice and tinned fishWe also help the children with their homework and offer them organised sportsarts and culture lessons. The children love it here, their home life is often very hard,” explains Ntombi.  

 The Shoprite Group has a robust programme in place to address the food security challenges faced by so many people across the continent on a daily basis. Through its support of 146 community food gardens, and 2 313 home-based gardens, the Group fosters long-term food security and generates livelihood opportunities.  

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