Africa Food For Thought (AFFT) recently partnered with Growpods South Africa to pilot the use of growpods in Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers located in Soweto. The goal is to enable these centers to supplement the sponsored food that is used to feed the young learners with fresh, nutritious vegetables. Two ECD centres were selected for the installation of growpods together with hoop-houses to provide pest and weather protection. Growpods SA completed the installation and planting of spinach seeds on the 2nd of November 2017 at Khanya’s ECD Center and Busy Bee ECD Center, both located in Slovoville, one of the poorest communities in Soweto. The children at these two centers come from low-income households and often depend on the meals provided at the ECD centres as their main source of food. Khanya’s ECD center runs a community feeding scheme on Saturdays to ensure that some of these children do not go hungry during the weekends when the schools and ECD feeding programs are closed.
The teachers at Khanya’s and Busy Bee took part in setting up their growpod gardens and are looking forward to their first spinach harvests in 8 weeks time. Hats-off to Africa Food For Thought for this visionary intervention, which recognizes the need for using appropriate technology to assist their program dependents on the road to becoming self-sustaining.