The LAND Project places a special focus on the lives of children and youth, and the great potential they hold for their communities, and the potential their communities hold for them. Much of our work takes place in, and in collaboration with, local schools in the participating villages of the LAND Project. Our partner, Kidlinks World, is hugely important in this work, bringing its experience in working in schools in disadvantaged settings in Johannesburg and elsewhere in the Eastern Cape. We work with local schools to bring agroecology and nutrition into the curriculum in ways that are fun, informative, and community-based.
One way that we work with the children is through art, which we find they thirst for. One of our approaches is through creative place-making art projects. Kids at Kumanzimdaka loved the recent art competition (kids love competitions) we held on the theme of “What I like About Where I Live.” The sight and sound of 150 kids drawing pictures in a single room was incredible! Such intensity! Such excitement! We only had enough crayons and colored pencils for each kid to have two apiece — we didn’t expect that 150 would show up — so they were all racing around to borrow other colors from their friends.