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Tsumeb SOS centre grows own veggies

Tsumeb Deputy Mayor Anthonie van der Smit (left) with Mayor Lineekela Sheetekela and the SOS Family support group at the ceremony where the Ministry of Health and Social Services donated the required tools and seeds to enable Tsumeb’s SOS Family Support Centre to grow its own vegetables. (Photograph by Josephina Shilongo)

Tsumeb Deputy Mayor Anthonie van der Smit (left) with Mayor Lineekela Sheetekela and the SOS Family support group at the ceremony where the Ministry of Health and Social Services donated the required tools and seeds to enable Tsumeb’s SOS Family Support Centre to grow its own vegetables. (Photograph by Josephina Shilongo)

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare agreed to develop a garden at the SOS Family Support Centre to cater for malnourished children in the Tsumeb community.

The actual idea of feeding the malnourished children was implemented with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry that provided the centre with a piece of land which will not only benefit the children of the centre, but the community as a whole. The centre recently received garden tools from the Mayor of Tsumeb, Mr Lineekela Sheetekela.
Addressing the community at the hand-over of the tools, Deputy Mayor of Tsumeb, Anthonie van der Smit said the gardening materials will help not only the centre but also the wholeTsumeb community.”The gap between food production and consumption is growing. Hence as the Council, we believe that the idea [will] uplift the Tsumeb community members from early childhood stage,” he said stressing that the gardening project involves all stakeholders which is a good example of such efforts.
It is now up to the community members to continue working towards the improvement of the centre and take ownership in order to ensure that its future is sustainable.
The equipment includes wheelbarrows, digging forks, hoes, axes, rakes, spades, pangas, manure bags, pesticides, garden gloves, mouth covers, safety goggles and an assortment of seeds.
Two big water tanks were also furnished.

 

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