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Empowering communities in need through nature

The healing power of nature can reach far beyond its many medical uses. MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme works with some of the amazing projects going on throughout Africa that show how nature is helping to mend poverty-stricken communities in a profound and impactful way.

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Many underprivileged people’s circumstances mean that finding nutritious food for their families is a daily struggle. Thankfully, a number of our beneficiaries are working hard to educate people on the power of nature to add value to the lives of people who need it most.

Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation supporting sustainable conservation by educating rural children in Africa. The programme aims to help future generations understand the importance of flora conservation and the relevance of it in their lives.

As an environmental and life skills educational programme, it teaches children about what goes into taking care of Africa’s beautiful wilderness, inspiring them to become the custodians of these areas in the years to come.

Soil for Life

Based in Cape Town, Soil for Life helps teach communities how to grow organic food using easy, low-cost and environmentally friendly methods.

They help people in a number of ways including providing employment and training to people, with some of their trainees working directly for the organisation as field workers and trainers.

Botanical Society of South Africa

With a passion for local flora, the Botanical Society works hard to educate people on the importance of conserving the diversity of the South African wilderness while helping to empower people in need through nature. Earlier this year, the Botanical Society of South Africa supported the development of a sensory garden at the Athlone School for the Blind Zisukanya ECD centre in partnership with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Rotary Kirstenbosch.

The society also contributes to a number of other garden outreach programmes such as the Observatory Junior School (pictured above) and to Urban Harvest’s outreach garden development at the Mary Kihn School for hearing impaired children in April. The food garden will feed the 200 students at the school and also inspire nature appreciation and be used as a learning space.

SEED

This non-profit based in Mitchell’s Plain in the Cape Flats has helped to pioneer the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ among many other projects. This programme works to help grow organic food for school children and local communities as well as grow ecological literacy.

They are also currently growing the Rockland’s Urban Abundance Centre as an answer to a direct request from the community for skill development, jobs and food gardens. Offering an education in permaculture, the centre helps people to build more sustainable lives for themselves in uncertain times.

Support these worthy causes and help to ensure the sustainability of our future by signing up for a  free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card. A percentage of your purchase value will be given back to your chosen school or charity.

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MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa's biggest fundraising programmes and allows you to make a difference, just by shopping. Every time you swipe your card at any of our partner stores they'll give back a percentage of the purchase value to your chosen school or charity. The programme allows cardholders to make a difference to worthy causes without it costing them a cent. More than 1 Million South Africans carry a MySchool card. Thanks to you more than R1 Million is donated every week to help over 8 000 schools and charities. Get your free card today. Every swipe counts!

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