Event – Environmental Day at Luluma School | Soweto

Today is National Environmental Day (5th of June) – the theme for 2013 is Think | Eat| Save. I had the privilege of photographing an incredible event today is association with Chevrolet and Luluma Primary School. This initiative was started last year by Chevrolet when they sponsored the planting of a vegetable garden in the Luluma Primary School. A year later the team went back to visit their project. What a success. The project has grown so much and looks beautiful. They are able to feed their pupils and still have excess that they sell to the community to raise money to put back into the project by buying fertilisers and seeds etc to keep their garden going, they grow all their vegetables organically e.g. They have planted pest repelling plants at each end of the row.

They have a parent who now works full time on the garden and teaches students how to look after and tend for the garden. The principal and the local head of education are huge advocates and enablers of this project. The principal informed us that the attendance of the pupils have increased as the children know that they are going to receive a nutritious meal at school. Not only has the attendance increased but the marks of the children have improved due to the childrens’ ability to concentrate better and work harder due to the nutritional value that the vegetable garden provides.

The vegetable garden not only provides nutritional value – it also educates the children on how planting something small and looking after it properly and nuturing it can reap a bigger reward with patience and hard work.

Thank you to Natalie du Toit, Chevrolet for investing in the children and their future. It was a brilliant day to honour Think|Eat|Save.

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This wall was designed and painted by a man from the community named Smokey. Chevrolet told him they wanted the Chevrolet bakkie and the Orlando Towers as well as the painting incorporating the children in some way. Smokey did an incredible job – the tree symbolises growth and a sturdy stable idea that will is grounded and has the ability to grow. He incorporated the children by using their hand prints for the leaves of the tree. I think its a beautiful feature which compliments the garden perfectly.

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A romantic through and through, I see beauty in everyday things and love to draw inspiration from everything I am surrounded by. I live in JHB but travel to Cape Town often. Comfortable in both urban and outdoor environments - I take a natural, fun spontaneous approach to capturing life events.