Located in the marginalized side of Grahamstown, is a local non-profit organization that is changing the lives of Grahamstown residents. Umthathi Community Gardens, in Location 7, aims to teach the community how to manage their own organic gardens and how to live healthier lives, with limited resources.
Sustainable farming, even on a small scale, can greatly improve the standard of living for vulnerable people. Umthathi aims to provide the community with invaluable skills that can aid with employment as well as self-sufficiency. A significant portion of the community are unemployed and programs such as these can help provide nourishment and food security that families need. Health issues such as HIV/AIDS are also prevalent, and a healthy organic diet is important in maintain one’s well being.