Sand under fingernails, tea and cake in tummies and smiles on faces! That is what characterised the time spent by Northrand District cubs at Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre on Saturday, July 27.
One year ago, the cubs first met the residents of the care centre, which incorporates the Max Ordman Deaf Association, when they spent a day at Thembalami learning how to plant and nurture vegetables and herbs.
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the lovely partnership that has since been forged between Thembalami and the cubs, with the children visiting the centre on many occasions, bringing goodies for the food garden and spending time with residents.
This time, they brought along compost, potting soil, packets of lettuce seeds and seedlings. Food garden expert and Rand Aid employee Amon Maluleke once again assisted the children in planting the seeds and seedlings.
The Compost Kitchen’s Himkaar Singh also popped in to chat to the cubs about vermiculture – which is the cultivation of earthworms, especially to use them to convert organic waste into fertiliser. Thembalami recently acquired a worm box and is looking forward to its first yield of worm juice.
“The children loved the vermiculture talk! They asked many questions and one child shared that they are learning about earthworms at school. Himkaar asked the children a worm-related question and the winner received a small worm box – with worms,” says Thembalami’s Elize Raath.
“Himkaar started his vermiculture initiative with 500 earthworms and now he has over 100 000.”
After the gardening was over, the cubs headed inside for tea, cake and party packs – brought along by the cubs.
“The cubs are really special, always well-behaved and polite but also engaging, willing to learn and curious about new things,” says Elize.
Learning all about earthworms from Himkaar Singh.
Listening and learning.