While we’re super passionate about good food that’s both healthy and tasty, we’re also really passionate about uplifting the less fortunate and supporting the local community. That’s where Baphumelele’s Fountain of Hope comes in – a youth program that we have been working with since the birth of Pure Good.
Baphumelele Fountain of Hope – located on around a hectare of farmland in Philippi – provides young people aged 18-21, who have recently been orphaned or who are vulnerable, with a safe and nurturing environment. They are taught skills as diverse as computing to how to grow their own food as well as given educational support enabling them to build a positive future for themselves as self-sufficient adults.
A large section of Fountain of Hope’s land has been planted with vegetables including spinach, beetroot, turnips, cabbage and herbs. A small team of gardeners look after the land, using organic and permaculture principles and these vegetables are used by all the Baphumelele projects as well as selling directly to local businesses, like us! This is the same piece of land that the Fountain of Hope youth are taught how to grow their own food!
And one day, Fountain of Hope aims to host up to 50 young people . Permanent accommodation is currently being built as well as training and counselling rooms, and areas dedicated to vocational training including catering and woodwork. How cool?!
To find out more about the project or to get involved, chat to Rosie.