Helping families feed their children
You can help support such self-help and home-grown projects in poorly resourced communities so that they can flourish and reach their full potential – sustaining the future. Background We work with communities in the Cape Flats, near Cape Town. This is a challenging environment with very poor soil (often no more than sea sand), roaring winds and generally unsettled weather conditions. All of the communities with which we work are characterized by high levels of unemployment and poverty and have little formal infrastructure including basic services such as sanitation and electricity. We assist these communities to overcome poverty, hunger and unemployment through environmentally sound agricultural development. The mission is to ”‘educate and train people in organic food gardening using water-wise, low-cost, environmentally-friendly technologies in order to grow a lot of food in small spaces”. A success story We drove off the tarred road, onto a track across the sand which petered out into sandy pathways. We wound right and left between shacks, and stopped next to a small triangle of green – like an oasis in the desert. This was Paul’s vegetable garden which, four months before, had also been a patch of sand. He now feeds his family, and is tending his neighbor’s small patch of ground for him. His artistic abilities have also developed with the creation of a scarecrow from pieces of polystyrene. The difference you can make Working in communities and schools developing food gardens can yield the following benefits: • Food security – when the ability to earn a living is constrained being able to do something to feed yourself and your family is critical; • Improved nutrition and health – without a balanced diet young minds and bodies will not achieve their potential, nor will adults, and those on antiretroviral drugs for AIDS/HIV cannot reap the full benefit; • Skills – learning new skills enhances self-esteem and personal effectiveness; • Eco-education – permaculture techniques ensure that production works with and through the natural environment, doing away with the need for costly inputs such as chemical fertilizers: gardens and people sustain themselves; • Enterprise – food gardening opens up the opportunity for individuals, families and communities to earn from selling produce, seeds, herbs and more. How you can help • Working in the vegetable gardens – depending on the nature of the garden, this will involve manual labor and helping out with various gardening related activities; • Recording of Fieldwork – the exact activities will depend on the status of the project at the time. We continually monitor the development of the projects so you could be called upon to collect a variety of data. • Marketing / Admin / Customer Assistance – as with any organization, there are day to day office activities that are necessary to maintain the smooth running of an organisation so you can help with a variety of tasks relating to marketing, administration and customer assistance. • Implementation of Green Technology – this will involve learning and ultimately implementing the concepts behind permaculture (ecologically-friendly) gardening techniques that promote the enriching of soils organically, recycling and water conservation.
Accommodation in Cape Town
One of the larger Cape Town hotels, with a bustling lobby and business breakfasts. The setting hints at the countryside, though, with a large 6-acre garden that is a great escape from the city outside. It has two stand out facilities – the Myoga Restaurant, which is highly thought of, and the Agsana Spa. Eco-touches […]
Two historical landmarks – the old Reserve Bank and Board of Executors buildings opposite the cathedral – have been immaculately restored and united as one in the creation of this lovely hotel. This Taj hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Cape Town. Area attractions include St George’s Cathedral, Castle of Good Hope and […]
Opened in December 2013, The Marly is a boutique hotel located above a choice of bars and restaurants and overlooking Camps Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. Here you have a front row bed. Lean on your balcony and watch the less fortunate desperately search for parking while you order another […]
The magnificent Table Mountain serves as a backdrop to this winery-estate manor house, in the Constantia Valley region just outside of Cape Town proper. The main house is gorgeous, and it has been well maintained – the rooms are large, charming and surprisingly modern. There are two pools to keep you cool while a third […]
Well situated on the lively V&A Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has an enviable location, with views of Table Mountain and the harbor. The neo-Victorian architecture exudes old-world elegance, as does the attentive service, which extends to helicopter transfers, personal shopping and the therapies at the spa.
One of the original 1930s St James mansions overlooking the sea, Rodwell House is well positioned on the False Bay coast, next to the famous colorful beach huts. It is a very central base if you plan to take in Cape Peninsula’s top sites, including Boulders Beach and Simonstown. On the coastal road that winds […]
Two hundred years ago this was a farmhouse, and in 1912 it was Victorianised, obviously in such a successful fashion that it was declared a national monument in 1984. With twelve rooms, it is not a large hotel by any means, and that is how it is supposed to be. The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel […]
Kensington Place is a hip boutique hotel, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, in the desirable Higgovale neighborhood. The V&A Waterfront is a 15-minute drive away. In the summer, you can plunge into the pool and relax on the peaceful terrace. In the cooler months, you can curl up in the lounge by the […]
Ellerman House is on the Atlantic Seaboard’s Kloof Road; with its elevated position overlooking Bantry Bay and the ocean, this is classic Cape Riviera with views that will delight. There are no restaurants or beaches within walking distance. However, you are a 10 minute-drive to the city centre and Waterfront; five to 10 minutes to […]
Designed by a Scotsman in the 1920’s to resemble the castles of his homeland, Colona Castle is located just outside Cape Town on the way to Cape Peninsula, in Muizenberg. Though the facade is a bit tired, there are gorgeous views over the Cape Flats, and with 9 suites, the service is intimate and of […]
A hip hotel above the famous beaches of Clifton, with sensational views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. It opened its doors in 2012 after transforming the former apartment complex into a luxe 5-storey hotel. There are now 5 terraced suites and 2- and 3-bedroom suites for a family or group of friends. Everything […]
Enjoy views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean from your guestroom. This is a lovely place to yourself, situated in Greenpoint, within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, and near the new football stadium. There is also a toy train and excellent playground nearby.
Set against the coves and beaches of the Camps Bay Atlantic seaboard, this 70-room property is a great getaway from the urban bustle of Cape Town. The hotel loves having children, and even has a small cinema for family films. The spa is especially desirable and draws locals as well as guests.
This fabulous resort is hidden away in the perfect location: the V&A waterfront, with shopping right on your doorstep and stunning views of Table Mountain from many rooms. The pool resembles a big lagoon, and the villas are positioned around it, adjacent to the hotel’s main building. The suites are the largest in the city […]
Kensington is a snappily renovated guesthouse located in hilly Oranjezicht, between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and overlooking the Leeuwenhof Estate. The main house has individually decorated rooms with a modern African décor, while across the terrace in the bungalow section of the guesthouse there are further en-suite luxury bedrooms and a suite sleeping four. The heart […]
Framed by mountains and set around water, Cape Town is stunning. The most famous spots include the sparkling V&A Waterfront, with its hotels, restaurants and shops. The other celebrity is Table Mountain, which looms peacefully over the city and which you can ascend via cable car. See also the Robben Island Museum, dedicated to Nelson Mandela.