With most communities battling to make ends meet, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) is doing its part to alleviate hunger. On Wednesday 3 August, RAF donated its time, services and equipment to support sustainable gardening at the Khayelitsha Special School.
While their mandate is to support victims of road accidents, RAF is doing more. The RAF team planted vegetables and provided seedlings, seeds, capacity training and working tools for the school. It is hoped that this will help promote sustainable agriculture to improve environment, health and well-being of the Khayelitsha community.
According to RAF, the school was the third recipient of the initiative planned during and shortly after the Mandela month.
RAF has already provided similar support to the Centre for the Disabled in Tembisa, Johannesburg, and Grace and Hope Special School in Seshego, Limpopo.
Noluthando Mvabaza, RAF’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager, said RAF was participating in various events in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Month. She said this was in line with the theme for the year: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“With the focus being on promoting community backyard gardens and creating awareness about the impact of climate change on food security, RAF donated its time, services, and equipment to support sustainable gardening at Khayelitsha Special School. This included provision of seedlings and seeds, capacity training, and working tools,” said Mvabaza.
She said the fund’s donation forms part of its Employee Volunteerism Programme in which RAF employees assisted the centre with gardening and site preparations.
Mvabaza said the strict monitoring and evaluation plan is in place to ensure the sustainability of all projects and effective delivery of the RAF’s CSR objective.
School principal Florence Velebayi thanked RAF and praised the fund for their support. The school works with learners with learning disabilities.
“Our leaners need vegetables in their lives and this will go a long way. They have shared a lot and the skills gained will also help them outside the school,” she said.
Velebayi believes the agriculture skills will also help them to ensure they fight poverty by ploughing for themselves in their communities and sell their products.