Urban farmers grow their Lifeskills with the help of the Free To Grow Foundation

In support of Abalimi Bezekhaya, a development organisation committed to the advancement of impoverished groups in the greater Cape Town Area, the Free To Grow Foundation sponsored 22 community members, from Khayelitsha, to attend FTG Lifeskills. The workshop was rolled out as part of an Organic Market Gardening and Community Development Program to offer youth knowledge and skills development in urban agriculture, health, community and the environment.

With the help of Lifeskills, the learners were able to understand their role in taking ownership of their lives, gaining valuable insight on how to experience greater personal empowerment, productivity and success. FTG facilitator, Sizwe Matoti, shares how he loved working with the learners, “there are few words to describe the gratitude I feel for this opportunity to teach and learn from the people I had in my group. I am forever thankful to have walked this journey with them and to have been entrusted with their development.”

The Free To Grow Foundation sponsored skills development training for youth that are presently working at the Siyazama Community gardens in Khayelitsha.

During Free To Grow’s 4-day Lifeskills programme, learners from Abalimi Bezekhaya, focused on what is ‘in’ rather than ‘out’ of their control, taking positive action to improve the quality of their lives.

“The Abalimi Bezekhaya team would like to thank Sizwe and the Free To Grow Foundation for donating the time and skills to offer a very important workshop in life skills development,” says Field Program Manager, Dave Golding. “I had the opportunity to attend the presentations at the end of the program and was truly encouraged by the insight that was presented by the groups. The program you offer is integral to the future of healthy people and communities and will complement the program that Abalimi is developing for youth in food production.”

Abalimi Bezekhaya is just one of the non-profit organisations that the Free To Grow Foundation has sponsored training for. Established as a non-profit entity, the Free To Grow Foundation aims to attract donor funding and corporate sponsorships to develop people and grow communities through a range of individual development programmes. For more information visit our website or the Foundation Facebook page.

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