FROM DUMPSITE TO COMMUNITY GARDEN

TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY SPACES ON JUNE 16th

To celebrate June 16th, youth day, members of different churches who are part of the “Water Disciples” programme spent the day working with community members to turn a dumpsite into a community garden in New Crossroads.

Lerato Khalipa reflected on the experience

“Coordinators of Water Disciples had met with community members to share the vision that our organisation came up with as to how we wish to celebrate our national youth day. It was enormously important that we get reminded of the importance of planting and maintaining a healthy and green environment. It was an incredibly unique and special Youth Day seeing children from the community keen on helping and being responsible by taking care of the environment we live in.

The environment is very fragile and if we  do not take care of it , the future generations will not be able to enjoy it, if we continue destroying it. Pope Francis once said “ we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmenta.l “  

It was good to witness how community members worked together with Water disciples from different communities to restore God’s Creation , under full adherence to  Covid-19 protocols.

This whole experience taught me that it is the greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a  little  to try and maintain a  healthy environment. My advice to young people is DO WHAT YOU CAN.

 

Lerato Khalipa

The Water Disciples Programme is part of the WWF programme which values water and groundwater in Cape Town.

 

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