AS PART of Arbour week, CMR East London donated and planted 25 fruit and indigenous trees at Sophathisana High School in Reeston last week.
CMR or Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (Christian Social Services) has dedicated its time to impacting social and economic growth in the Reeston, Mzamomhle and Ducats areas. They believe that social services are needed in these communities because when they lack these, the effects of HIV/Aids become visible.
“We have families that are dependent on food parcels that we provide but it is our duty to make sure that these families are sustained in the long run, hence we teach them how to plough the soil to feed their families,” said Christina Mdledle who works at CMR East London.
She said they had 1319 families that were registered with them under their food security garden project. This project enabled them to cultivate sustainable home gardens which provided food support and were able to generate income for the community through the sales of fresh produce.
They had gone to Sophathisana High because they wanted pupils sc to know the importance of growing your own food. “They must know that true wealth is from growing your own food and we hope that they learn and practise this at home.” Mdledle said.