Heidelberg Methodist Church supports…


1Heidelberg Methodist Church supports a food garden at the Centre of Help

True to their vision statement “Called to be a Catalyst into the Greater Heidelberg”, the Heidelberg Methodist Church in Gauteng initiated an outreach programme in 2007 called Indawo Yosizo which is Zulu for Centre of Help. Among its many initiatives Indawo Yosizo provides weekly food parcels to unemployed people in the community and to 120 people with HIV and AIDS.  The demand for food parcels soon outstripped their resources and the Church stepped in with a plan to establish a food garden.  Gardening specialists were hired to teach unemployed volunteers the basics of vegetable gardening and to establish a community vegetable garden. The first gardens were door sized vegetable plots a technique that could easily be reproduced in the small spaces around the volunteers own homes. The plots at Indawo Yosizo have subsequently been enlarged to long rows which now supplement the food parcels with pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, onions and spinach. Volunteers who work in the gardens are paid with a food parcel. In addition, they are learning hands on gardening skills which they can either use to grow their own vegetables or get work as experienced gardeners. A gardener is employed once a week to complement the work of the volunteers who do not come regularly. While not involved in the running or funding of Indawo Yosizo, the Church keeps its eye on the project and steps in as needed. A member of the congregation, for example, installed an irrigation system to make it easier for the volunteers to water the vegetables and to ensure better yields.