The One House One Garden programme was created by Dessine l’Espoir to support families affected by HIV and AIDS by financing them a small enclosed vegetable garden, tools and seeds to grow vegetables all year round to improve the nutritional quality of their meals and strengthen their immune defences as a complement to their treatment.
The families are selected by the hospital from the list of the most affected and weakened patients. It is also important that they are volunteers and willing to get involved, and that the family, spouse or children can take part in the upkeep of the garden.
This project was also born out of the observation that women often try to start a vegetable garden, but the lack of fencing makes it extremely vulnerable to stray animals, cows and goats, which can ravage the crops and discourage them from engaging in a project that is doomed to failure.
This project was developed in the Township of Roosboom, to support families living around the Half Way House. The gardeners in charge of the Half Way House for orphans managed by Designing Hope are in charge of preparing the plots and installing the fence, with the materials (posts, cement, wire mesh, door…) being delivered on site.
In Eswatini, it is the women’s group that manages the educational gardens that is responsible for setting up the gardens.
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