Health and Nutrition

Our partner CWBR has created a video on the Health and Nutrition program, featured as part of UNESCO’s Proud to Share campaign.

The #ProudToShare campaign of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program aims to share the activities of communities in the biospheres to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can support our partner’s COVID 19 emergency action by donating by transfer to one of our NGO’s accounts with the mention COVID 19 or by Digicash.

Since the lockdown in South Africa on March 26, 2020, caused by the global pandemic COVID-19, with its obvious challenges, has created great solidarity among all communities – government, municipalities, many organizations as well as individuals. have implemented nutritional feeding programs.

The CWBR, in collaboration with Athénée-Action Humanitaire, works with local partners, who support local organizations and nutritional food programs, health and hygiene awareness in the Cape regions.

The program focuses on the distribution of food parcels to the poorest, the supply of vegetables from vegetable gardens to community kitchens and supports existing nutrition programs, in compliance with Covid-19 health measures.

Everyone contributes according to their abilities:

  • donation of kitchen equipment, hygienic items, food products,
  • preparation of meals, distribution of parcels or meals.

The CWBR is currently supporting families, the elderly and disabled, who have no access to other means of support, with twice-weekly food parcels. The packages contain the basic needs for a healthy diet.

The CWBR Food Garden is run by the core team and local volunteers. Thousands of seeds and seedlings planted over the past few months will contribute to the nutrition program. Vegetables delivered include kale, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, beans, spinach, root vegetables and herbs.

The CWBR nursery is currently producing over 60,000 plants per month. Part of the seedlings are planted at the CWBR site to contribute to community kitchens, the other part is distributed in the communities during workshops. Seedlings were also donated to the USIKO center nursery in Jamestown, to support the marginalized in their area.

Believing that the consequences of the pandemic will not be resolved any time soon, the CWBR encourages a “self-sufficiency” mentality through vegetable garden programs. Empower individuals within communities, youth and young adults, to develop more sustainable local food systems that help ensure food security. This is done through workshops teaching the practice of vegetable gardens in a community space. Individual gardens are then installed and visited during follow-up workshop sessions.

Working together for the benefit of the common good has proven to be a great initiative to unite communities.