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Capricorn Foundation to Capitalize Christ Hope Food Garden Projects

By: Nghiinomenwa-vali

The Christ Hope has received N$300 000 in seed capital from the Capricorn Foundation for the centre to commence its mass food gardening project.

The three gardens to be commenced will benefit 637 children and 380 families in Oshikuku, Keetmanshoop and Okahandja.

The Foundation announced the support to the care centre this week.

In a press release, the Foundation explained that the support would ensure that the children and families supported by the organisation at three of the ten care points have access to healthy, nutrient-dense, and low-cost fruits and vegetables.

Crist Hope provides support at ten care points located in Keetmanshoop, Rehoboth, Okahandja and Oshikuku to free children from the cycle of AIDS and poverty.

The three vegetable gardens will be in Oshikuku, Keetmanshoop, and Okahanja, while a pilot garden will commence in Okahanja at Christ Hope’s country office, which occupies an area of 80 by 20 metres.

The Okahanja community garden will be supported by the Christ Hope team and centre staff, and the children at the centre will maintain it with the staff.

Furthermore, the Foundation indicated that it has identified 10 families with no income to join the pilot project to acquire the training and tools. The organisation will support them in commencing their home gardens.

The Foundation has also reported that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has also come on board to provide discounted water that will be trucked in and used through irrigation pipelines.

Christ’s Hope International Namibia’s country team leader, Hannelie Turner, has explained that with poverty and the rise in food prices, the care centre had to look at alternative sustainable solutions.

“With the seed funding from the Capricorn Foundation, we can ensure that we still provide good food to those we support despite the uncertain times,” she said.

The first garden in Okahandja is set to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in November this year.

Capricorn Foundation’s executive officer, Marlize Horn, said as the Connectors of Positive Change, the Foundation is glad to support Christ Hope in creating the gardens.

Moreover, ensure a lasting and sustainable impact on their surrounding communities.

She said vegetable gardening is an important method of securing a sustainable supply of nutritious food for a majority of vulnerable communities.

“We look forward to seeing how the three community gardens will catalyse positive change in their respective environments, and we are excited for the first harvest in November,” said Horn.

Around 58 per cent of Namibians are experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Report.

Various organisations like Christ Hope Namibia are exploring alternative ways to ensure orphaned and vulnerable children impacted by AIDS and poverty at their centres do not go hungry.

A number of private companies are also utilising their corporate social responsibility to go beyond the donation of food materials but to more sustainable approaches of enabling those in need with various initiatives to reduce the dependence. Email: erastus@thevillager.com.na

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