Al-Imdaad Foundation
24 Aug 2020

The Al-Imdaad Foundation recently partnered with the Provincial Department of Economic Development Trade and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and the Department of Agriculture for the relaunch of the One Home, One Garden initiative in KwaZulu-Natal's Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality.

The launch took place on August 20th to celebrate four gardens established to empower female beneficiaries as part of Women’s month activities. EDTEA MEC and Operation Sukuma Sakhe champion, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube is spearheading the initiative which is also supported by the Department of Agriculture, and the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Community Garden and Green Grocer. During the programme MEC Dube-Ncube, Al-Imdaad Foundation representatives and other officials visited four gardens around the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality. At three of the gardens, the delegates provided seedlings, tools and other supplies to the women gardeners and engaged in ceremonial planting. These gardens will be supported going forward by the Department of Agriculture and the Al-Imdaad Foundation in an attempt to graduate the beneficiaries out of poverty. The fourth garden is already in the implementation stage as an extension garden of the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Organic Community Garden project. This garden was established by one of the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s gardeners for his grandmother, Gogo Ngcobo, and boasts 3000 cabbage plants. Gogo Ngcobo’s garden sells its produce via the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Green Grocer, a mechanism which will help shape the economic model for the other gardens going forward. During the programme this garden was officially inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. With extensive experience in its own Organic Community Garden, established in 2014, the Al-Imdaad Foundation is an ideal partner for the One Home, One Garden initiative. The foundation will monitor the gardens in the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality on behalf of the governmental partners and will also impart skills, provide training, and buy up produce. Al-Imdaad Foundation Special Projects coordinator, Mr Abed Karrim explained, “There will be ongoing monitoring. When produce is ready Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Green Grocer store will purchase the produce. Alternatively, excess supply will be sold via the KZN government’s bulk buying scheme in Mandeni.” During the programme MEC Dube-Ncube expressed gratitude saying, “As you know, Al-Imdaad has been working hard to help us, during the hardships of our community. With One Home, One Garden, we are feeding the nation during this time when the prices of food are so high. We are very grateful for the coordination we are having with our local ground players, the provincial government, Al-Imdaad and our community.” Mr Karrim expressed his hope in the initiative saying, “We are hopeful that this piloting phase will be successful and can be mirrored in other households and throughout the province.”
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