Abalimi Bezekhaya

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Abalimi Bezekhaya

South Africa
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
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By introducing group gardening in South Africa's cities, Rob Small is restoring a sense of community, while simultaneously encouraging the production of abundant, healthy food in formerly abandoned, unused spaces.

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Rob treats the product and the process of community gardening as equally important. In his view community gardening not only puts food on the table, but also heals social and psychological wounds and creates a new, rich sense of community and community pride. Working with women and children, Rob and his team provide resources-low-cost supplies and ongoing technical advice-to help communities start and sustain their communal gardens. Rob and his team also encourage communities to share and exchange resources and to create seed banks that ensure an abundant supply of seeds. Rob believes that group gardening provides the poor with friendly, social, self-strengthening work, and that this activity brings people together and holds them together. This project provides a strong platform for further democratic efforts, both locally and in other psychologically traumatized cities.