Community Projects

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Covid Food Security

COVID-19 has impacted the poor the most. Families have lost their income with many out of work, leaving them unable to feed their children or themselves. KILT recognised the potential of vegetable gardens to contribute sustainably to the feeding scheme.


KILT supports one school feeding scheme, six school gardens, and 18 soup kitchens, equivalent to approximately 6000 meals per week.

 

6000

Meals Per Week

Soup kitchens operating in participating schools are encouraged to grow vegetables on the school grounds to save costs and be self-sustainable. As a result, these kitchens have attracted attention from local experts interested in promoting sustainability, with three school gardens becoming more self-sufficient by also growing seedlings and composting.

This collaboration has resulted in expanding support for these gardens.

  • KILT further supported existing school gardeners plus six new gardens with additional gardeners, expertise and training, seeds and seedlings, compost and fertiliser.
  • The school gardens quickly began contributing vegetables to the kitchens once or twice a week, adding variety to the menu. Key to the project’s success has been the development of positive relationships with the gardeners, groundskeepers, and teachers involved in school gardens.
  • Understanding each gardener’s knowledge and work created the essential basis for cooperation and unity of vision. Their passion, effort, and willingness to participate and contribute were critical to the project’s success. Gardeners from each school learned about sustainable practices such as composting, mulching, natural fertilising, and seed saving from a local permaculture expert during a workshop to encourage long-term sustainability. An atmosphere of excitement and hope has combined with a new foundation of sustainable practices, giving the gardens and their gardeners the tools for long term sustainability and productivity.

Libraries

Many children in Knysna lack access to functional libraries. The Psycho-Social and Remedial Project has focused on establishing and upgrading school libraries.

In 2021, KILT funded a library pilot project at Percy Mdala High School, including a librarian, books, and other resources. The project aims to benefit other schools with library upgrades as well.

Ablutions and Hygiene

KILT funds school-employed ablution supervisors to improve the upkeep of the ablution facilities at schools so that amenities are safe, functional and hygienic. As a result, there are 24 ablution supervisors, and a recent survey of hygiene standards in learner ablution facilities yielded an 87% score.

School safety

Many Knysna schools experience break-ins, vandalism, and violence in the community. KILT began funding safety officers at some schools, and their visible presence has made a significant difference.

As a result, by the end of 2020, no cases of gang activity were reported – in sharp contrast to previous years.

We have also provided schools with security upgrades to secure new e-learning resources.


In addition, 2021 saw a drive for greater collaboration between school safety personnel and the Safe Schools Project. There are 18 Safety Officers in the schools that are most at risk.

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Safety Officers in schools at risk

School Solar Power

KILT is installing solar systems in schools that use large amounts of energy. Using the Sun Exchange model, schools only pay for the solar energy they consume at a much lower rate than now, allowing them to become more self-sustaining.

This initiative could save the schools 20% to 55% of their utility costs so that they can begin to accumulate discretionary funds to address some of their infrastructure issues that the government cannot fund.