Individual transformation and community development are long processes that are difficult to achieve on one’s own. Organizations must recognize the need to work together for these common goals, which is why we are grateful for opportunities to connect with other organizations in the Overberg.
A few weeks ago a volunteer from the Overstrand Child and Youth Care Center in Kleinmond approached us to see if we would help them set up some vegetable boxes for their participants. In case you haven’t gathered from our Food for Sport program… we love vegetable boxes, so we were more than excited to help. A team of Grootbos Foundation staff and Green Futures students including Green Futures manager, Susan Lochner, and project manager, Brett Edwards, drove out to Kleinmond to set up three vegetable boxes, plant lots of beet root, and spend some good time with the kids living at the center.
The Overstrand Child and Youth Care Center began in 1992 to provide a home for young people who have been dealt some pretty difficult hands in life. They all come from troubled homes and many still bear the wounds of their past. Each child carries a story of abuse in some form or another, but within each story there is always hope. The Care Center steps in to initiate that hope, to show them that forward motion is very much within their reach and then walk them through the process of growth and transformation.
Over the coming months the Green Futures personnell will continue to visit the center to walk the Care Center staff and participants through more proper gardening practices. With the help and generous donation of Master Maths Co. and through a few simple veggie boxes we were able to begin a relationship with the students and staff of the Overstrand Child and Youth Care Center, one in which we both grow and benefit as we work towards a common goal.