The Zola Scout Group is based in Wembezi Township, Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We started our own vegetable garden at Zola school. We addressed the needs of children in our school and the needs of people in the community with disabilities, illnesses, old age and child headed homes. Our group consisted of parents, ten Cubs and ten Scouts.
We bought seedlings and planted vegetables. The garden produced a variety of vegetables ranging from spinach, brinjal, tomatoes and onions to green peppers. While working on the garden we built good relationships between schools and community members. A common sense of responsibility developed amongst the learners and educators, as well as between youth and the parents.
By planning, developing and maintaining the garden the children and youths developed good leadership skills. As for the children living in child headed homes, they were assured that they can now go to school with food in their stomach. The community itself benefited from the collaboration and the food produced, but also from the new gardening skills shared, that can now help us to plant and source food for life. And it did not end there, we were also able to buy groceries that were given to the sick and elderly. The Zola Scout Group cleaned the houses and as such encouraged good and healthy hygiene.