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Project information

Food for Futures

We are working with community groups in some of the most deprived areas of South Africa to set up food gardens to ensure good nutrition for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV, and also grow local economies through income generating activities.

April 2015 - April 2016

Charity information: Starfish Greathearts Foundation

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  • Need


    South Africa is suffering from the devastating legacy of apartheid, poverty and HIV. There are currently 2 million orphans, and they lack support in areas of education, healthcare and nutrition. The project will aim to solve the food shortage which occurs in many of the most deprived areas of South Africa, whilst keeping both economic and environmental costs, to a minimum. We seek not only to provide food, but to teach methods on sustainability, so that this is not just a short term solution.


    Our 'Food for futures' project will seek to bring life, hope and opportunity to many local communities across South Africa. We liaise with local groups in 51 different communities to improve the lives of children. The development of food gardens is an essential and sustainable part of this work. This project will have an effect of empowering the wider community, as the improved gardening techniques will improve nutrition levels, but will also create a surplus, which can be sold on for profit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide nutritious and sustainable food to vulnerable children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.


    » By setting up gardens, providing training, materials and seeds. The food grown will provide nutrition to children, but also surplus food to sell on.

    What success will look like

    The amount of produce harvested, health improvement of the children and produce sold in the wider community.

  • Impact


    Better health outcomes for vulnerable children and improved economic prospects for the wider community. The long term changes will be increased awareness of nutrition and how communities can be sustainable with the food they grow, making it nutritious and economical.


    The security of the materials, lack of locals buying in, and crop failures are all potential risks to the project. We have a robust plan with our partners to ensure that these risks are mitigated and the community groups assume responsibility for the project. Through empowering communities, we will teach them how community harmony and social cohesion can improve the lives of everyone.


    We receive quarterly financial and narrative reports for our donors and in addition will provide real time reports back from the gardens and wider communities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 10 Sustainable Food Gardens Supplying fencing, materials and seeds for 10 projects..
      £3,000 Training for project staff 10 training sessions led by our programme managers
  • Background


    The location of our projects will be in the most rural areas with highest levels of poverty, HIV/AIDS prevalence, and high orphan rates. We will work with our local partners who have roots in local communities, and we will collaborate local methods and advice, whilst offering assistance when it is needed.


    We work in areas identified as nodes of high poverty, specifically children, both by having worked in these communities over 12 years and that have been selected due to evidence of their vulnerability due to national and local strategic plans identifying them as vulnerable groups. Some of the documented factors of poverty affecting these communities include poor housing, lack of access to basic services and nutrition, high employment and AIDS prevalence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are recognised as experts in the field, having had 12 years of experience on the ground and developed an effective monitoring and evaluation system to show our impact on the lives of vulnerable children. We have long-standing partnerships with local CBOs, which enables us to liaise better with local communities, and have proven that we can empower communities and improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Noluthando Thembela

    As a Programme Manager, Noks will oversee the roll out, organise supplies and training and monitor progress.

HIV is not the end of the world you know! Be proud of who you are - tomorrow I'll still be here, smiling!'

Nanizle, 33