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July and August 2017

July and August have flown by – special days, projects, holiday programs, and even volunteers have come and gone. We are privileged, as always, to have the most amazing people working with us, and partnering with us to help us all achieve so much more!  We welcome new staff, like an amazing woman called Splendour, and we celebrate little victories – like having enough eggs ( from our very own free range chickens) to feed the creche children once a week! These are the treasures of life – the moments to count our blessings, and to recognise that every day we move forward, no matter how tiny that movement may feel!   ~ Sarah Bergs

 

Education

Even over the holidays, we are hard at work… or shall we say, hard at play as we hosted a Holiday Programme at Nourish for children from the local community, to come spend the day -have healthy, filling meals, play games, make friends, and learn all the while. From a slow start with only 15 children on the first day, we closed off our week of holiday activities with 60 children! Our holiday was made so much more awesome by having volunteers from Belgium join us, Lies, Ilona & Ikla. Martin & Tinyiko and everyone at Nourish learnt some new games, and shared their culture, language, and so much friendship! We always love when a volunteer has to leave, and they actually Google flights to see if they can stay longer, it means our project and the sunsets of Africa have changed another life and wiggled into another heart! The volunteers also painted our Green Kidz classes, thank you to Paintsmiths Hoedspruit for the AWESOME donation of paint!!!

We also hosted volunteers from Rhino Revolution who spent an action packed day helping us with painting, planting vegetables, and then the afternoon teaching the children about rhino, and the differences between black and white. Thats what Nourish and the library are for— to be the interface for people that care about children, education and conservation! Thank you RR for sharing your message with us!

 

Conservation

We are excited to announce that we ( Nourish and our Green Kidz Initiative) have partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute – Roots & Shoots Program. This is a great collaboration for us, and we started off with a visit to Chimp Eden to understand Jane Goodalls passion and story, and for our Environmental Monitors (EMS) to see chimpanzees for the first time. We believe that teaching children to love an animal, and respect it comes from a young age – and that learning to look after a dog, or cat can change a childs minset. For us, conservation, and especially around rhino or lion or elephant… in our rural communities, has to start at home. With a mindset change, with taking care of and appreciating an animals life. In partnership with HALO (Hoedspruit Animal Outreach ) and African Dream Horse Safaris, our new project the  Nourish Animal Outreach (Sigagule) has been launched.

 

Economic Empowerment

Economic empowerment is a slow process, a journey into unlocking potential and working to create opportunities for people that are sustainable and uplifting. 

July saw Shik Shack backpackers getting its first guests staying in our Eco Campsites!  The start of something great!

Splendour has learnt how to make Moringa Capsules and package Moringa powder, so alongside the grannies she is now making Moringa products to sell through Nourishing Moringa.

To create exposure for our crafters we have started designing a Living Sculpture Garden, with large funky animals make of tyres, concrete or wire; all hand made by local artisans! We hope once we open that this showcases the amazing local talent that the community possesses and also draws visitors to our Nourish Eco Village. ( Thank you Dragon Mountain for making this possible)

and last but not least – the Nourish Thrift Shop… a concept that kicked off a few months ago when we realised that trying to help someone, can sometimes make a victim of them, and in constantly handing out donations we are undermining the empowerment that comes with providing for yourself and your family. It also creates expectation. And so – now, our donations go into the Nourish thrift shop, priced, ( with nothing being over R 20) and then sold to the local community. This is not so much a profit making game for us, as a way to change mindsets, instill from young the value of money, of saving… and its been a HUGE hit. Grannies buying themselves a pink hat, children paying R1 for a toy they treasure, young women buying a gift for their child and feeling so proud. Its been a beautiful journey to see the empowerment and value this project has added.

Tourism

Sarah spent a week on the Imvelisi Ideation Bootcamp learning business processes and honing the Shik Shack business model, and came back inspired and driven to make Shik Shack an incredible space offering eco and cultural immersion.

We are looking at adding Sunday church trips, have started making local peanut butter, and are putting together green-building workshops! So watch this space or contact us for info!

 

You can do no large things – only small things with GREAT love. 

     ~Mother Theresa

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