In cooperation with the South African Scout Association, Scouts Canada took part in the United Nations Millennium Development Goal #1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. In August of 2010, youth and adults from across both countries travelled to Mafikeng, Northwest Province, South Africa to dig wells, and build community food gardens and rain water reservoirs.
Just as our founder, Baden-Powell defended the city of Mafikeng against siege in 1899-1900, it was our turn to help defend the city against poverty and hunger. Youth involved in this project spent nine months here in Canada learning about poverty and hunger, and discovering what they can do to help. Through the Scouts of the World Award program, the participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of South Africa before they headed off from 5-26 August 2010.