Pay it forward

Pay it forward
The cabbage and spinach that are growing beautifully and a few of the plants have already been picked, helping to feed hungry families

Pay it forward – In a world where hunger and poverty have become the norm, people often feel like there is nothing they can do to make a tangible difference in others’ lives. Most people choose to support charities as they can give a small amount of money and in that way help to make a big difference in the world.

The importance of doing this is not being diminished and supporting local charities by donating money, food, clothing and services can go a long way. These institutions can identify where your help is most needed. However, if you would like to make a difference in the community that you can visibly see, one option is to start a vegetable garden where anyone can pick some cabbage, spinach, or other vegetables for dinner.

The Pay it forward idea behind the garden is to donate it to the community. If someone does not have food for dinner, they know that there is a garden where they can pick vegetables for free. As the garden is accessible at any time of the day, there is no need for the individuals to beg for food. Such a garden can now be found outside Greendoor, in Theo Mocke Street, and some of the spinach has already been picked!

One garden, however, will only be able to make a small difference among the poor in Mkhondo. Perhaps more individuals in town can start a garden like this to help feed even more people. Thank you to everyone at Greendoor who helped to make this garden a success. Hopefully your efforts will serve as an inspiration to others to help the community in a similar way.