The change of season is the perfect time for our new Cub’s Den project to begin. It starts with a bunch of happy children, green aprons, watering cans and a packet of seeds.
The idea behind this new activity is to incorporate the Londolozi village into the children’s experience and to teach them the value of recycling water. The lesson is that one wants to reap one must sow.
The children – each armed with a watering can and a green shwe-shwe apron – will make their way up to the village. There they will fill up their watering cans with recycled water, collected in drums from the Learning Centre’s air conditioning unit.
Lesson 1: If one recycles water and looks after its usage quantity, it can go a long way and bring life to many new things.
With their watering cans brimming, the children will arrive in our traditional Shangaan Village. This is where the Cub’s Den garden lies. Each child will pick some rocket or basil. Once they have placed their pickings safely into a gardening basket they will use their green rakes and shovels to turn the soil so that it is loose and aerated, fresh and ready to plant a seed into the earth.
Lesson 2: What one takes from nature, one must return in order for the cycle of life to continue.
With another movement of their shovel and a pat on the soil, their seed will be covered. With a tip of their watering can, the newly planted seed will be able to grow in moist soil and the already growing plants’ thirsty roots will be quenched. With a smile and press of the shutter, the merry bunch will have their photo taken, documenting their gardening moment. With a basket filled with rocket, the children will be ready to start using their culinary skills by rolling and kneading their pizza dough. Once their dough is rolled out flat, topped with sheeba (traditional tomato and onion relish), cheese and an array of toppings, the final touch will be their pickings of the day.
Lesson 3: If one looks after nature, one is taken care of by nature and will be nourished by plenty of leafy treats.
Through this gardening project we hope to add a new experience for the many children visiting Londolozi. One which teaches them the joys of having green fingers, the importance of nurturing nature while simultaneously having lots of fun outdoors.