Streetscapes project uses urban gardens to uplift Cape Town's homeless

A team at local NGO Khulisa Social Solutions is sowing into the lives of homeless Capetonians through an empowering urban gardening project.

Through its Streetscapes project, Khulisa helps reintegrate homeless people into society by creating urban vegetable gardens in the inner city.

Streetscapes teaches the principals of organic gardening and sustainable living.

Jesse Laitinen is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Khulisa and explains that the urban gardens grow and deliver fresh produce to locals and businesses in the area.

It delivers on foot from the farm gate to the residents and restaurants.

Jesse Laitenen, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Khulisa

Reformed gangster Magadien Wentzel is the supervisor of the Streetscapes community project and explain that there are currently two gardens; one near Trafalgar High School and one at Food Lovers near Roeland Street.

Wentzel says his prison experience exposed him to farming, but he only came to love gardening work when they started Streetscapes in 2015.

I used to hate gardening but now I love it... We had a piece of land but nobody knew that something would grow there because it was dump.

Magadien Wentzel, Supervisor of the Streetscapes community project

Now it's something to be proud of... It's thee organic gardening in Cape Town. Even members of the public come on a daily basis to buy organic vegetables.

Magadien Wentzel, Supervisor of the Streetscapes community project

Wentzel and Laitenen reflected on the day-to-day operations at Streetscapes and how the community project has changed people's lives.

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