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Pick n Pay Foundation supports Health Academy Gardening Project

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Kids at the Health Academy planting seedlings into the earth boxes
Kids at the Health Academy planting seedlings into the earth boxes

WhizzKids United has recently partnered with the Pick n Pay Foundation to open a Gardening Project at the Health Academy (WKUHA). The project is designed for youth attending the WKUHA to learn about how to use gardening efficiently to produce food.

The vision of the Health Academy is to equip young people with vital life skills for healthier living. Looking at the lack of knowledge about healthy eating, it was an essential project for the Health Academy team to start a food and vegetable garden. However, with the restrictions in the amount of space given and the construction of the Football for Hope Center looming, it needed a good share of creativity to find a solution for a gardening project.

Sunshine Seedlings in Pietermaritzburg kindly supported the initiative with their practical earth boxes. These boxes, filled with soil and fertilizer, provide ideal conditions for the growth of vegetables and can be relocated easily - which shall be a big advantage, once the heavy machinery commences the construction of the Football for Hope Center.

The project will be led by OVC assistant Nokwanda Mkhize and German volunteer Markus Bensch, but will see a lot of involvement by the kids from the Health Academy. During the process of the project they will learn about vegetables, gardening and healthy nutrition; and will gain the skills to start their own little food gardens at home. Our hope is by the time the seedlings have grown ripe, the harvest will be used to support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children's feeding scheme.

A big thank you goes to the Pick n Pay Foundation and Sunshine Seedlings for their generous support of this project.

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