Digging for Dignity/adopt a family with Backyard Garden

Katrina Maria
Posted February 11, 2021 from Namibia

my dear family these few weeks I was really tense as a community activist working in the biggest Informal settlement we are always invited to meetings to solve problems and find solutions in the Community. Invited to this specific meeting for people who digging in rubbish bins for food and sometimes sellable things like empty cooldrink  tins, iron clothes, they still have the carry it back to the Township you can find mothers with Babies on their backs old people, school children it was a big shock for me,I am aware of people eating from rubbish bins,

sometimes people can go out and do some garden work cleaning homes going to the streets and sell handmade products to the Tourist, Our Town Swakopmund is a Tourism destination,

Pandemic Stop everything we are in Lockdown since March 2020 things getting better around October but December holiday goers were here and now we are again back in special Curvy. 

Tourists are gone.

That's why we start to train people to make backyard Gardens which we can grow enough food  for our own family and community. Every day a new person cOME IN NEED OF FOOD. Times are hard and harder for us in the Informal settlement..

This the reason Backyards Gardening is the best way to go.

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Dawn Arteaga
Feb 12
Feb 12

Wow what an innovative way to help provide people who are dependent on the tourism industry. I pray that tourism will be able to recover soon — and also that those backyard gardens will continue to thrive for many years to come. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. Sending you so much strength to continue!

Jill Langhus
Feb 12
Feb 12

Aw, this is so sad, Katrina.

Yes, it's a wonderful initiative. Good luck, dear.

Regina Afanwi Young
Feb 15
Feb 15

Hello Katrina, good job on being a community activist. Am do sorry about the situation you all find yourself in but am also glad you are being innovative and forging . ahead. I agree with you that back yard gardening is the best way to go in this situation my dear sister.

Katrina Maria
Feb 15
Feb 15

Dear Regina
Thank you very much .by this Workshops and meetings we also adress the danger of Coronavirus and hoe Esra they can get it by go through to his dirty rubbish Bins.Its also lead too stealing ,some people put dogs on them.And younger women are go in to prostitution they are hungry and no education. We are looking into put this girl's up in.an Safe house which our Organisation are running but they can't afford and also us have problems than feeding themWe pray and continue finding ways to overcome t daily.

Katrina Maria
Feb 15
Feb 15

Dear Sisters
Thanks for all your response and may Worldpulse continue being there for so many likee there I can open my heart and tell my story.

Hello, Katrina,

It's truly heartbreaking that people lost jobs during the pandemic. Kudos to you for being a community activist. I love that you are reusing plastic bottles in your backyard gardening. It looks sustainable. Thank you for this update. May you generate income from this.

Katrina Maria
Feb 17
Feb 17

Good morning
Thank you very much for your encaugement I need it more than the 100s of people in the Rubbish Bins.Every Tuesday is Training day and we register than in the place who want to participate in Backyard Gardening.And they are many .I have to Scrab pennies to make the Copies my printing machine is out of ink now for months.The good thing is they are coming up in big numbers..
Many of us are naturally baking and I look in to that to maybe open a Small Bakkery the coy need that And we also talk about sanitation and have to find an company who can give training in Longdrop toilets we don't have running water or let me say it's like an Slum .

rebecca.tang
Mar 01
Mar 01

Thank you for sharing. Pandemic has made a lot of changes in our life. We cannot go to work, Kids cannot go to school, etc. Backyard garden is a good idea and can help people. Please keep the great work on!
May Almighty God bless you all!