In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced the creation of 'Nelson Mandela International Day' and since, not only has it been the date for people to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s contribution to South Africa and to the world, but it has also been an annual day for mutual assistance. The next 18th of July will be the occasion to celebrate African Impact's 10th birthday with an initiative called Beyond the Roots. The commemoration seeks to implement long-term and positive changes in the lives of individuals using food gardens across Africa. At Inkanyezi Crèche in Dukuduku Village, South Africa, African Impact will also work hand-in-hand with our charity, The Happy Africa Foundation (THAF), to develop the vegetable garden for the school.
Inkanyezi is a current project for THAF and a lot of improvements have already been carried out. Throughout the past three years, volunteers have assisted with a fence and gate being erected, a classroom and three toilets being built and a lot of furniture, chairs and tables have been provided to the children. The reconstruction of Inkanyezi Crèche not only seeks to improve the quality of the school, but also aims to get the crèche registered by the government, so that it can receive funding from the Department of Education. Our efforts must be concentrated on ensuring that the newly developed crèche complies with these government standards. By developing the garden at the crèche, we will be able to support the principal Mama Gumede in growing food that can help provide lunch for children, as it is one of the needed requirements. We will also be enabling Mama Gumede to grow seedlings from seeds provided by African Impact. Selling these back to the community will generate an income to be used for providing food for the children that she is unable to grow.
During the past few weeks, The Happy Africa Foundation has raised money for Beyond the Roots through their involvement in a local festival in the town of St Lucia and through organizing quiz and game nights. Thanks to that money we will be able to buy the materials needed to carry out the project. Both THAF and African Impact’s teams are now looking forward to lend a hand on Nelson Mandela day! About the Author Laure Mayoux is currently an intern at our charity the Happy Africa Foundation. A business student in her native France, she has been preparing and fundraising for the Beyond the Roots initiative since her arrival in South Africa over a month ago. She will be living and working alongside our projects in St Lucia as an intern for the next six months, participating in projects, working alongside the community, fundraising and allocating donations where needed.