CMR plants trees at Ree­ston school

Go! & Express - - Sport - QHAMANI LINGANI

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.

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