My School giving back for 21 Years
The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Campaign is celebrating 21 Years of giving back, through an exciting campaign, with R2.1 million to be given away to 21 causes countrywide. Originating as an innovative school fundraising project, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet campaign has evolved over the past 21 years, enabling cardholders to donate support charitable causes close to their hearts.
Cardholders get to choose which charities to support and donate to, housed under three categories namely MySchool, MyVillage and MyPlanet.MyVillage beneficiaries are a wide range of human development and care charities; MyPlanet refers to those beneficiary organisations whose work involves animal welfare, conservation and environmental causes and MySchool helps more than 9000 schools, mostly in disadvantaged and impoverished areas in giving these schools the resources they need in order to give kids the education they deserve.
On 14thFebruary 2018, I had the privilege of being invited to Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Meadowlands Zone 4, Soweto as part of the Food & Trees for Africa initiative on behalf of the MySchool 21 Campaign. Here, I was introduced to the MySchool EduPlant Progamme, spearheaded by leaners ranging from grades three to seven pupils from the school. Their community based permaculture food gardening and greening programme, managed by Food & Trees for Africa, won the EduPlant Food Garden of the Year 2018 in Gauteng.
This year, they strive to take the national award in being the best school-based permaculture and greening gardening initiative by maximising on their environmentally friendly, fertilizer-free gardening practices.
The food garden is fertilizer-free, with the use of mulch (dry grass) in retaining soil moisture. I was taught on how to cultivate the perfect organic food garden in ensuring adequate soil pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels using a variety of fruits and vegetables in maximising harvest yield. I, along with the MySchool EduPlant team and learners from Kwa-Phalo Primary School, planted a variety of food crops such as beans, spinach, carrots, onions and cabbage. With giving back forming a core value of this campaign, R100 worth of vegetables and fruit were bought, giving back to the initiative to enable them to buy more seeds. I foresee myself participating in this campaign more frequently because food security and an enabling school environment means that one less goes to school hungry and is educated in a fun, interactive and educational co-curricular school programme.
Give back to your community through the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet campaign! The 21 Years of Giving Back campaign is open to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters throughout the country.
For more information on this beneficiary and more check out my instagram or facebook page to watch a full video based on my expierence: Sarah Langa Facebook IGTV Video
Remember, cardholders can simply nominate 3 beneficiaries to donate to! One of mine is the EduPlant Programme. If you are not yet a cardholder, you can sign up for free at www.myschool.co.za or download the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet App, nominate the cause that matters to you, and be part of the active citizenship our country needs.