The peer educators from Masukwane were great role models within their community as they set up an event on the 14th August called “Sondela Senze Ushintsho”, which translates to “Come closer and make a difference”.
During a lifeskills session on the importance of planting, with Nhlakanipho Gazu – YFC Community Worker, these young people were inspired to take action. They began to discuss the companion planting (mixture of vegetables and flowers) in the city initiated by horticulturist – Mbulaheni Tshivhase. The peer educators wanted to replicate this within Masukwane – their community.
In the past the peer educators had “clean up campaigns” within the community, but as time lapsed the litter would accumulate again. Companion planting was identified as the solution to this problem, with the added benefit of promoting nutritious food for community members.
The areas selected for planting was chosen to omit the dumping of dirt, and transform it into something beautiful, healthy and a place that people can respect. As it was within women’s month, the peer educators invited women within the community to join them. Sunshine Seedlings a valued partner of Youth for Christ/KZN, donated the seedlings for this event. Planting took place near the fencing of the new homes built near the Ohrtmann Road exit from the N3. About 6 parents joined the peer leaders to plant and were encouraged by the speech from one of the young leaders – reminding them that as many women in the past made a positive difference which changed their future, so can they!
These parents are still maintaining the garden, and a few weeks ago they also planted on the corner of Burger Street and East Street. Nhlakanipho beams as he shares this story of the peer educators who have motivated their parents to take positive action. The peer educators would be honoured to have an opportunity for Tshivhase to visit their gardens as his great work in our city has truthfully inspired the youth of Masukwane.