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Our kids have been bitten by the gardening bug

It's exciting to plant seeds in the soil and watch your vegetables grow. And even more exciting to pick fresh carrots, tomatoes, spinach and cabbage for your own supper. Not only is home grown produce fresh and healthy, it also saves a huge amount of money!

So when some of the older children started a vegetable garden at JCH to overcome boredom during the long weeks of lockdown, we were happy to give them all the encouragement and help we could.

They learned about making compost and preparing the soil, planting, watering and weeding, and protecting their plants with shade cloth and organic pesticides. And with each small harvest, the kids' confidence and enthusiam has grown.

Now, they're keen to turn their hobby into a full scale market garden, capable of providing all the fresh vegetables and herbs needed to feed our family of 64 boys and girls and their carers. But it's going to take a little help from friends like you to get this project off the ground.

Because we need equipment like gum poles, pallets, seedtrays and rolls of shade cloth, plus new garden spades, forks, rakes, gloves and a long hosepipe without any kinks! And we don't have anything extra in our very tight budget to pay for these items.

Plus we need to buy seedlings – beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley, onion and spinach – as well as spray bottles and organic pesticide to protect the plants as they grow. Please will you help by making a donation towards the new food garden?

Your gift will buy so much more than just gardening equipment.

It 'buys' self confidence and a sense of pride for children whose backgrounds have left them with feelings of doubt and poor self esteem. Being able to grow their own food means they'll never go hungry ... even if jobs are scarce when they leave school. And they could even use this skill to start their own business supplying vegetables to their community.

In the long run, you'll help the Johannesburg Children's Home become more self sustainable – and less reliant on donations in future. So please will you give generously towards this special project now?

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How to help

Bringing up a child is expensive! And when you have a 'family' of 64, every extra bit of cash helps.

Order delicious party platters at reasonable rates ... or make use of our laundry service.

If you can spare an hour or two a week, please consider volunteering at our Home?

Check out our 'wish list' for items needed right now. Or contact us for more information.

Download the free app (Android, iPhone or Blackberry) and scan our code to donate safely and easily.

Run a marathon ... enter a cycle race ... or help our kids by asking friends to donate to JCH instead of buying you a birthday or anniversary gift.

Putting the pieces back together

The Johannesburg Children's Home provides
a safe refuge for 64 children of all races
who have been found in need of care by the Children's Court.

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