Past GenderCCSA achievements
During 2016, GenderCCSA with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation, worked with 101 women in the Eastern Cape province to train grassroots women on various adaptation strategies and techniques such Climate smart agriculture, waste recycling and making energy effiecient products called Wonderbags making, food and herb processing. The organisation also facilitated and hosted local to local grassroots women’s exchange visit at Cwebeni to showcase to the local women what youth from the community has been doing to rehabilitate their indigenous forest where they are collecting seeds and planting them using waste plastic bottles, they then cut alien plants and plant indigenous species that are rare. They have since established nurseries that have over 5000 plants. The second exchange was held in Ward 23 in Port St Johns Municipality for 20 women to learn from each other about best ways of doing home food gardens and also follow up from training. It was great to learn from success as well and challenges they had faced as some established home food gardens that produced enough to eat and even sell their produce and some were challenged by heavy rain.
GenderCCSA with the support of the Norwegian Church Aid contracted Mpfuneko Community Support NPC to train grassroots women on how to build and maintaining biogas digesters as a way of showcasing how waste could be turned into an energy source on as a way to mitigate and create resiliency to climate change and provide training on local adaptation measures. The gas from the biogas digester starting flaring June 2016 and it is currently being used by Serapeng Women Farmers Cooperative members to process the herbs into various products.
The organisation just conluded a project that formed part of a European Union (EU) funded programme called Sustainable Use of Natural Resources to Improve Resilience in South Africa: a Grassroots Women’s Initiative, implemented by Earthlife Africa JHB, GenderCC Southern Africa in partnership with Oxfam. The intervention has been implemented with the community beneficiaries of Risenga Primary School, Siyandhani Village in Giyani and Nwajaheni Primary School, Nwamitwa Village in Tzaneen, Green Park Informal Settlement Ward 19 City of Cape Town and Founders Educare Centre in Makhaza Khayelitsha. The project intervention established organic food gardens and installed water harvesting tanks at all the 4 Sites in Limpopo and Western Cape, installed biogas digesters to provide energy for cooking, and solar powered boreholes at the 2 sites in Limpopo that were facing water challenges as a result of the prevailing drought. Further developments included the construction of a new Kitchen for the Risenga Primary school and the Refurbishment of a community hall at Green Park Informal Settlement to allow communities a habitable place and environment to start income generating projects as well a Soup kitchen. In addition, the project installed shade nets over the gardens to reduce water evaporation and to minimize crop damage from pests. Furthermore, 20 project women champions per site were capacitated with nursery propagation skills as well as herb processing skills training as part of enhancing the community’s capacity to generate income generating projects by processing and selling packaged herbal ointments. Organic food Gardens were the best performing component of the project at all the sites as project champions proceeded to share the knowledge with others and also erected their own food gardens at their homes.