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Food Gardens

Thandanani montageUbomi Obutsha is situated on Salamntu Street, KwaZakhele Township, Port Elizabeth. The project is surrounded by poverty stricken communities of Besuthwini, Khiwane, Masakhane, Hlalani, Yizoyizo, Tozamamani, and Moscow all of which are communities of the townships KwaZakhele, Zwide and Soweto On the Sea which incorporate 25000 to 30000 individuals. These areas were settled with Xhosa's and Sotho's during the forced removals campaign of the Group Areas Act, of the former Apartheid regime, in 1957.

In general members of these communities have low education levels and the unemployment rate is at 75%. Unable to support themselves, the majority of inhabitants rely on various government grants for their livelihood and many of these people then still need to rely on the assistance of others to survive.

 The largest problems experienced in this area that need to be addressed are:

  •  A poor living environment
  •  Poor education levels
  •  Debilitating and life threatening diseases such as HIV/Aids and TB
  •  Gross neglect of healthy childhood development
  •  Substance and alcohol abuse, child abuse, promiscuity.

Ubomi offers a variety of vital services, including food parcel distribution and a soup kitchen.

Food Gardens: As a result of the good harvests from the food garden Ubomi has been able to add nutritious value to the soup kitchen and food parcels, this has been especially the case when donations of food are low.