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Khwela graduates at Ikhaya Garden

Updated: May 21, 2019

Khwela graduates From Left: Fikile Ndarala, Phumezile Mnikina, Nyathikazi Njani and Ikhaya Garden founder Xolisa Bangani.

The Khwela Youth Tourism Stars graduates visited Ikhaya Kulture also known as Ikhaya Garden, an organic food gardening and sustainable living project situated at Isikhokelo Primary School in Site C, Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Here they met with change maker Xolisa Bangani who founded the gardening project in 2013 to get young people involved as well as creating environmental awareness in his community.

The visit came in line with giving the graduates a better understanding of Airbnb Social Impact Experiences which enable non-profit organisations to design and sell experiences that shine light on their mission on the Airbnb platform. Airbnb does not take any commission; all money earned goes to the non-profit. Khwela aspires to give its alumni / students the opportunity to design such an experience for themselves as a way of generating income for themselves and the program.

The graduates visited Ikhaya Garden where they were showed a range of different plants (herbs, fruit trees, vegetables and medicinal plants), they helped in the garden, they were taught ways in which they can conserve the environment and were given tips on starting their own business by the founder. Khwela alumni, Nyathikazi Njani who was part of the graduates visit said she was inspired by the founder’s story of how he started the project.

Although he had many challenges, he kept trying and never gave up. We also did a walk around the garden, where we were taught about the different plants, there were plants that were familiar and many I didn’t even know existed! It was a beautiful day overall and Xolisa truly inspired me with his perseverance and how he started the project without any university degree or capital, and he still made it a success” she said.

During the visit, Khwela graduate Fikile Ndarala accidentally pulled out a coriander plant while weeding. Xolani then gifted her this coriander to take home and care for.

Xolisa combines gardening and art to make it fun and for the youth to have an interest to join his movement. Ikhaya Garden runs after school, weekend-, as well as holiday programs for the children of the Khayelitsha community.

For more on Khwela graduates click here.

For more on the Ikhaya Garden Airbnb Social Impact Experience click here.

For the Ikhaya Garden Facebook page click here.

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