Compassion in Action: Empowering Farmers

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It was a beautiful Monday morning, and the sun was shining as we set up for our Compassion in Farming Project’s gardening and compost workshop. The workshop was set to run from Monday to Wednesday, from the 27th of February to the 1st of March. Our partnership with WTG and Abalimi Bezekhaya allowed us to present the workshop in collaboration with the contracted organization.

We were thrilled to have 20 farmers from Mfuleni attend the workshop, all of whom are members of our Compassion in Farming Project. These farmers were eager to learn, and we were excited to see them broaden their farming skills. We knew it was going to be a great three days of learning.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA Education Officer Thembi Nomkala – an expert in teaching farmers about the humane care and treatment of farm animals – was present. He has been working closely with the farmers, ensuring they are taught about best practices, strict hygiene and disease control measures, animal handling, transportation, and humane slaughtering of animals.

During the three-day workshop, Abalimi Besekhaya taught the farmers the importance of organic farming and self-sustainability.

Farmers were helped to learn how to produce their own crops to feed their families and animals. The gardening and compost element is an added component of the Compassion in Farming Project, which aims to help farmers become self-sustainable.

Our aim is to promote healthy animals and people. We know that healthy animals lead to healthy people. Proper animal care and nutritious food production will help farmers maintain a healthy lifestyle and support their families.

Throughout the workshop, the farmers were excited to learn new skills, and they were grateful for the opportunity to participate as they were very receptive to our teachings.

The SPCA’s project funded by WTG is ongoing, and we visit the farmers weekly to ensure they are following the right practices. Every six months, we choose a group of 20 new farmers to join the project, which helps us to reach more people in the community.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has recently partnered with the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. (WTG) is a Berlin Germany-based registered non-profit organisation. Their vision is a world in which animals are appreciated by people, and treated according to their needs and with respect.

As the workshop wrapped up on Wednesday 1 March 2023, we were thrilled to see the progress the farmers had made. They were eager to put their newfound skills into practice, and we could see the excitement in their eyes.

We left the workshop feeling grateful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful people. We know that our project is making a difference in the community, and we are excited to see where it will lead in the future.

Our Compassion in Farming Project’s gardening and compost workshop was a huge success. We are thrilled to have partnered with WTG and Abalimi Bezekhaya, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the 20 farmers from Mfuleni. We will continue to work closely with the farmers continuing to teach them about organic farming and self-sustainability. 

It’s incredible to see the difference this project is making in the community, and we are excited to see where it will lead in the future.

From 27th February to 1st March 2023, a gardening and compost workshop was held as part of the SPCA's Compassion in Farming Project. The project was conducted in collaboration with the funding partner WTG and Abalimi Bezekhaya, a contracted organisation that provided the workshop training.

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