Our partner Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) has created a video on the program Health and Nutrition, presented as part of the campaign, Proud to Share, of the UNESCO.
The campaign #ProudToShare of the program Man and the Biosphere (MAB) of the UNESCO aims to share the activities of the communities in biospheres in order to achieve sustainable and long-term development goals.
You can help support our partner’s critical actions against COVID 19 by donating, you can do this through Digicash or by transferring the donation to one of our NGO’s accounts with the mention of COVID 19.
Since the lockdown of South Africa on the 26ᵗʰ of March 2020, the worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19, along with its evident obstacles, has created a great solidarity between communities – the government, municipalities, several organisations as well as individuals have implemented nutritional feeding programs to help fight against the pandemic.
The CWBR, in collaboration with the Athénée – Action Humanitaire, works with local partners who support local organisations and the nutritional feeding programs and who bring awareness to health and hygiene in the Cape regions.
The program focuses on the distribution of food packages to the ones who are most in need. The program supplies community kitchens with garden-produced vegetables and support for already existing nutrition programs, while continuing to respect the COVID-19 health measures.
Everyone is able to contribute according to their abilities:
- donation of kitchen supplies, hygiene items, food products
- meal preparation, distribution of food packages
The CWBR is currently supporting families, the elderly and the disabled who do not have enough help by supplying food packages every two weeks. These packages contain the basic needs for a healthy diet.
The CWBR Food Garden is run by the primary team and local volunteers. Thousands of seeds and seedlings are planted in order to later help the Food Nutrition Program, the vegetables that are produced in this way are among kale, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, beans, spinach, root vegetables and herbs.
The CWBR plant nursery currently produces over 60’000 plants every month. Part of the seedlings that are planted at the CWBR site are contributed to community kitchens, while the other part is distributed throughout communities during workshops. Seedlings were also donated to the plant nursery at the USIKO center in Jamestown, to support the marginalised in their region.
Realising that the consequences of the pandemic have yet to be resolved and believing that it won’t be anytime soon, the CWBR promotes a “self-reliance” mentality throughout home garden programs and empowers the youth and young adults throughout communities to develop more sustainable local food systems that help ensure food security. This is achieved through workshops that teach the practice of vegetable gardens in a community space. Individual gardens are then set up and are visited during the follow-up workshop sessions.
The unity in working together for a common ground in the benefit of a good cause has proven to be a great initiative and inspiration to bring communities together.