Andre Dumas reported that the Ceres Agrimark were involved in three projects in the Witzenberg area as part of their community outreach program.
Project one – Agterwitzenberg Primary School
The school, which is situated in the Witzenberg valley caters for the children of farmworkers in the area. Because most of the parents are needy and cannot make a contribution towards school fees, the school started a vegetable garden, which is an educational project in the first place, but also a source of income.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture made funds available to the school to erect a greenhouse which enabled the school to produce vegetables as well as other plants right through the year. Because production and input costs are not covered by this donation, the Ceres Agrimark donated vegetable seed and compost towards the project. According to Andre Dumas, they were more than willing to become involved with this project, especially because the farmers of the Witzenberg area are keen supporters of the Ceres Agrimark.
Project 2 – Witzenberg APD Nduli School
The Witzenberg Association for Persons with Disabilities strives towards an inclusive society in which persons with disabilities are equal and active citizens. The Ceres Agrimark donated wire, plyers and gloves to APD’s Nduli school where it will be used by the disabled to make baskets and other products, while also developing their skills in the process.
Project 3 – Nduli United Reformed Church
According to Andre Dumas, the United Reformed Church in Nduli, Witzenberg, was built to conduct the ministry to members of the congregation inside one building instead of gathering in the homes of members. The building was erected with the assistance of the Ceres United Reformed Church and the Dutch Reformed Church.
The church building needed a repaint of interior walls, but due to the congregation’s lack of funds, the Ceres Agrimark came to their assistance by donating paint and paint rollers for the project.