High unemployment and poverty means that many families don’t have enough food. Good nutrition is essential in helping those who are HIV positive to stay healthy. There are two types of projects within the Food Security Programme: farming projects(vegetables, eggs and milk) and income generating craft projects: hand-embroidery, card-making, knitting, bag-making and sock monkeys. All these projects help to ensure that families have access to good, fresh food in sufficient quantities. 90% of those who participate in our food security programme are women.
On 31 May2010 Benedicta Memela, Woza Moya’s Food Security Manager featured on SABC 3. This documentary celebrates people making a difference in their communities ravaged by HIV/Aids and Poverty. The programme starts with a traditional healer in Khayelitsha in the Cape and then moves to rural KwaZulu-Natal, Ofafa. The focus is on Woza Moya’s Food Security programme and also what has personally inspired Benedicta to be such a great role model in terms of responding to the needs of her own community in the way that she has.
Eight farmers passed on the gift of 18 egg laying chickens to eight new farmers at the "Passing on the Gift" ceremony held at Woza Moya Community Centre. This is an annual event which joyfully highlights the success of the partnership between Woza Moya and Heifer International South Africa which began in 2002.
38 members of Woza Moya go to Durban for the day, to sing at the closing ceremony of the Botanic Gardens International Congress and to visit Durban Botanic Gardens,
especially the Permaculture gardens. The 150 delegates give Star and Dumisile a standing ovation for the bags made for the Congress under the expert eye of volunteer Ronelle Wijnberg.
Operation Sock Monkey starts on 2 November 2009 with training by Lindsey Hodgson from Canada. Two new local ladies, Glynnis Shewan and Sue Pooler join Woza Moya as craft volunteers to help Benedicta oversee this new project. To support this project place your order at the Shop now!
5 days Permaculture training course with Durban Botanical Gardens at Woza Moya in July 2009. Care Workers and other stakeholders in community, join training to make up 30 people in total. Chris Dalzell, curator of Durban Botanical Gardens and old friend of Woza Moya's arranged for 3 facilitators to come to Ufafa and conduct this course.
Ronelle Wijnberg comes on board as a craft volunteer to help guide the new bag making income-generating project at Woza Moya in May 2009.
Ronelle with her amazing eye for color and design, secures and facilitates an order of 150 bags for Durban Botanic Gardens for delegates attending an International Congress in November 2009. The main element of the bag is a beautifully crafted hand-embroidered square.
Durban Botanic Gardens Curator, Chris Dalzell, an old associate of the project, visits Woza Moya on 14 April 2009 to discuss partnership with regard to Woza Moya’s food security programme. Permaculture training is planned.