Veggie Gardens

Poverty and unemployment are two social challenges which are faced by many communities in South Africa. As a result of Covid-19, these issues have worsened. In response to the rise in severity of these challenges, 10000 STRONG has started looking for ways in which to address hunger and job-loss. Vegetable gardens are a great way of tackling these challenges as the vegetable produce can be both consumed and sold.

Sustainability is a core value of 10000 STRONG. We have the goal of seeing beneficiary empowerment and ownership over each project which is implemented. Therefore, we have ensured that the transfer of information takes place with the implementation of projects.

 Our first veggie corner was established at the Community Build Durban Study Center in Embo. A small, raised bed, veggie garden was put together by 10000 STRONG, Community Build Durban and interns attending the center. A presentation and discussion on starting a vegetable garden and looking after it was had, along with the transfer of information. Thereafter the team started the afternoon of gardening and enjoyed planting a bunch of wonderful veggie seeds and seedlings, such as lettuce, cabbage, brinjal, carrots and baby spinach.

 A donation of vegetable seeds, seedlings and fertilizer was also made to neighbouring community members, so that they could start their own veggie gardens.

We hope that this will be the start of many vegetable gardens in these communities and that the local community members will be able to benefit from using the produce or selling it for an income.


Rianka van Antwerpen

A Jungle Gym for Isihlangusabasha Primary and the Importance of Play!

In the late months of 2020, 10000 STRONG was introduced to another non-profit organisation doing amazing work in the greater Durban area, namely, Community Built Durban (CBD).  CBD and 10000 STRONG have many common interests, including a fierce passion for empowering local communities. In line with this, CBD has recently started implementing some empowering projects in KwaNgcolosi and Embo, situated near the Inanda Dam.

Recently, CBD was fortunate enough to receive a wonderful donation, consisting of a jungle gym and a collection of toys. Immediately, they thought of 10000 STRONG’s partner schools to be the beneficiaries of these donations. So, the renovating and planning began!

10000 STRONG, together with CBD and some very helpful volunteers, repainted and renovated the jungle gym until it was as good as new! One of our partner schools, Isihlangusabasha Primary, has had a jungle gym on their wish list for quite some time and had not been able to secure one until now. So, naturally, they were chosen to receive the jungle gym, which the younger learners would be able to enjoy under the supervision of their teachers.

During the delivery and installment of the jungle gym, a toy corner was also installed for the Grade R learners. Play is an important part of cognitive and social development, especially in young children. The toy corner consisted of many fun activities, such as puzzles, chalkboards, toy kitchen sets, blocks, dolls, cars, and books. All the above stimulate imagination and development, and, of course, they are just plain fun!

Isihlangusabasha Primary is a wonderful school, filled with dedicated educators, and we hope that these exciting items can make the school day even more memorable and fun for learners.


Rianka van Antwerpen

Read Read Read

The importance of reading is no secret, it has always been highlighted in the education system. Reading helps to expand knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding. One’s level of literacy also determines their economic and social development.  When your reading ability declines, so too does your ability to learn.

In South Africa, there is a major literacy crisis. A lack of basic reading and writing skills is primarily caused by shortcomings in the education system, as well as a deficit in available resources. Simply put, without books, you cannot read. It is of utmost importance that children are encouraged to read at as early an age as possible. If we can alleviate the issue of illiteracy from a young age, then naturally, the adult literacy statistics will change for the better. Being literate can work towards lifting a person out of poverty, as well as give them more opportunities for employment.

10000STRONG recently hosted a Book Donation Drive, where people could donate pre-loved books appropriate for school children aged 4 to 18 years. An incredible amount of over 350 books were donated. We restored the books by covering them in plastic and created a simple library system for the books to be enjoyed by the learners. Amongst these books were some of our personal favourites, including well-loved books such as Charlotte’s Web, The Famous Five series, and some educational books such as dictionaries and first readers for the younger learners.

These books were donated just after World Book Day, which was held on the 4th of March, to two of our partner schools in KwaNgcolosi, one being a high school and one a primary school. Along with the beautifully restored books, we were also able to donate six custom-built bookshelves, gifted by KS Shopfitters. 

We hope that the little library we created can be enjoyed by learners and teachers for years to come and that this works towards encouraging reading and literacy within these schools.


Rianka van Antwerpen