UPDATE: 1000 SURVIVAL GARDENS
 
At the March District Talk Show the theme of which was Water & Sanitation, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg delivered a presentation on the “1000 Survival Gardens” in South Africa, and issued a challenge to D5550 clubs to donate at least one Survival Garden kit (CDN $250) which would be matched by RC Winnipeg.
 
This was followed with a full article in the April edition of the District Newsletter.Presentations were requested by several District Clubs that captured the imagination of its members, many of whom donated well in excess of a single kit, resulting in nearly $9000 being raised thus far! This is the equivalent of almost 36 kits which will be doubled to 72 through the matching challenge!
 
We wish to share sincerest thanks to the District Clubs and their members that have generously contributed. We look forward to hearing from more Clubs soon!
 
Find out more about this inspiring project by contacting Gary Dawyduk (garyd@mymts.net). RC Winnipeg will be matching donations for the foreseeable future and we are most willing to provide more information and/or a Zoom presentation to your Club.
 
Joyful recipients from the Valley of 1000 Hills who received their Survival Garden kits in May 2021
 
Our partner Rotary Club (RC) of Hillcrest is the lead club of the “1000 Survival Gardens Project” which aims to address the water and food needs of these communities.  The goal of this ambitious project is to assemble and distribute 1000 “survival garden kits” to 1000 women in the hardest impacted areas.  The kit consists of a technology known as the “hippo water roller” plus basic tools to grow a garden, including a shovel, rake, hoe, watering can, seedlings, compost, and fertilizer.  Also provided is a guide on growing a garden, sanitizer and a face mask.  
 
“Hippo rollers” are devices that greatly improve the ability for women and girls to transport water in 90-litre cylindrical containers that easily roll on the ground.  This technology saves labour and allows the women time to focus on other family building tasks, such as growing their gardens to establish some self-sufficiency.  This also frees up time for girls, allowing them to focus on their education.
 
To donate to this project click Visit www.winnipegrotary.org and click on DONATE to make  gift online though Canada Helps.
COVID-19 Response Projects in South Africa: Direct Aid for Food Supplies
 1)      Sondla Abantwana (Taking Care of Children)
In partnership with the Rotary Club (RC) of Johnannesburg New Dawn, the RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1500 to help feed resident students at the Alexandra township near Sandton, Johannesburg.  In April of 2020, RC New Dawn established the Sondla Abantwana fund to assist the Alexandra Education Committee’s (AEC) efforts to provide financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The AEC has set up a direct system of electronic fund transfers to the bank accounts of the neediest pupils who, in return, provide receipts of their purchases.  This approach has proven to be extremely orderly and agile in response to the pressing need.
 
In a Rotary Zoom meeting on August 5th, several members of RC New Dawn joined and thanked the RC of Winnipeg directly.  
 
 
 
 
  1. Porridge Project
Our partner Rotary E-Club of South Africa One brought our attention to a resourceful means of providing basic nutrition to large numbers of people in remote villages near Pietermaritzburg.  E-Club One is working in conjunction with the North West University’s “Centre for Advanced Manufacturing” and the Potch-Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce to craft and distribute a pre-cooked maize-based porridge.  Each meal costs a mere 8 cents (CDN), and a 5 Kg bag of the porridge coverts into 100 meals!  The RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1300 toward this noble cause.
 
  
 
  1. Food Supplies
Through his brother who resides in Kwazulu-Natal, the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg’s Director of International Service, Strini Reddy, was able to obtain a large amount of food supplies to provide to remote communities in the region.  The supplies were transported from Pietermaritzburg to our partner RC Hillcrest, who in turn saw to the distribution of the food to the neediest areas.  $2500 was donated to accomplish this service.
 
     
 
 
COVID-19 Response Projects in South Africa: Direct Aid for Food Supplies
 1)      Sondla Abantwana (Taking Care of Children)
In partnership with the Rotary Club (RC) of Johnannesburg New Dawn, the RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1500 to help feed resident students at the Alexandra township near Sandton, Johannesburg.  In April of 2020, RC New Dawn established the Sondla Abantwana fund to assist the Alexandra Education Committee’s (AEC) efforts to provide financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The AEC has set up a direct system of electronic fund transfers to the bank accounts of the neediest pupils who, in return, provide receipts of their purchases.  This approach has proven to be extremely orderly and agile in response to the pressing need.
 
In a Rotary Zoom meeting on August 5th, several members of RC New Dawn joined and thanked the RC of Winnipeg directly.  
 
 
 
 
  1. Porridge Project
Our partner Rotary E-Club of South Africa One brought our attention to a resourceful means of providing basic nutrition to large numbers of people in remote villages near Pietermaritzburg.  E-Club One is working in conjunction with the North West University’s “Centre for Advanced Manufacturing” and the Potch-Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce to craft and distribute a pre-cooked maize-based porridge.  Each meal costs a mere 8 cents (CDN), and a 5 Kg bag of the porridge coverts into 100 meals!  The RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1300 toward this noble cause.
 
  
 
  1. Food Supplies
Through his brother who resides in Kwazulu-Natal, the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg’s Director of International Service, Strini Reddy, was able to obtain a large amount of food supplies to provide to remote communities in the region.  The supplies were transported from Pietermaritzburg to our partner RC Hillcrest, who in turn saw to the distribution of the food to the neediest areas.  $2500 was donated to accomplish this service.
 
    
Dolophini is a remote sub-village of Taweni in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  Of its population of 3500, 80% of working-age residents are unemployed.  The main source of income is government social grants, which has created systemic issues that contribute to persistent poverty in the community.
 
Raised in Taweni, Khaya Mposula left a successful career in banking to return home to help uplift her community.  After successfully developing a community organic gardening project in Taweni (see image below and this link https://www.foodformzansi.co.za/former-banker-champions-organic-food-to-give-mother-nature-a-break/), she turned her attention to the residents of Dolophini.
 
Two potential borehole sites were identified that could provide a consistent supply of running water and, with this potential, Khaya wishes to train residents to grow garden towers that would provide food for themselves and generate additional volume that nearby commercial markets have agreed to sell.  This overall project promises a healthy measure of self-sufficiency by providing a local source of food, technical skills, and an independent source of income.
 
This ambitious project was brought to the attention of the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg by the Rotary E-Club of South Africa One.  As project host, RC Winnipeg won approval for a Global Grant in October 2020, furnishing USD $10,000 that was doubled in matching funds from District 5550.  District 9370 also contributed $3,500 and the Rotary World Fund added $18,500 to amass a total of USD $42,000 for this wonderful project, which will be underway soon!