Lotto Greenhouse Project

A Lotto application was submitted in April 2013 to the sector: Arts and Culture. An amount of R500,000 was approved by Lotto. The idea of the project was to create at each of the participating schools for children with cerebral palsy, a greenhouse made entirely from recycled plastic 2L bottles. The greenhouse to be used to build up seed stock and to then develop vegetable gardens, with the final produce to be used for the school and to feed the homeless and destitute.

Rather than select one school each in two provinces, which would have necessitated the appointment of two separate mentor/specialists to guide the schools, it was decided to select two schools in Limpopo, relatively close together, to ensure that one specialist could manage both projects.

The Grace and Hope School in Polokwane (Grade 1 to Matric) and Letaba School outside Tzaneen (Grade 1 to 7) were selected as potential participants. Both schools were visited to present the project to them and not only did both schools accept the invitation to participate, but in both cases the onsite inspection showed that the schools were ideal participants in the project.

Following commencement of the project at The Grace and Hope School component, the project was visited by our team in the week of 8 – 12 May 2017 and they reported that progress with the actual planting and yielding of crops was slower than anticipated.

After small problems were resolved, the progress quickly gained momentum. Hosepipes for irrigation inside the greenhouse were bought. Block bricks and cement for permanent flooring was bought, in addition to rolls of wire to enclose the vegetable gardens. Roofing poles were bought for strengthening the roof of the greenhouse structure.

The project has provided job opportunities, as two former learners are hired by the school and helps in maintaining the seedlings. Space is used productively by planting the seedlings in rows of hanging bottles and then re-planting when the crops are stronger to withstand the elements.

The entire community was motivated and involved in the collection and recycling effort of the bottles. The community assisted in the structuring and development of the greenhouse, together with the learners and teachers. Gardening is one of the occupational technical skills subjects offered by the school and the project has greatly benefited the school in this regard as well.

At Letaba School the completion of construction was seriously delayed. There was a problem to collect the more than 5,000 empty plastic 2-litre bottles required to complete this greenhouse (substantially bigger than at Grace and Hope because the school hoped to use an existing frame for the basis of the greenhouse). The team in Limpopo has taken it on themselves to set up a supply line for the bottles, utilising other schools and churches in the Tzaneen area. There should now be enough bottles to implement the project at the second school.

We continue to manage the situation carefully and are confident that the project will be implemented at the second school this year, should we be able to appoint a new Project Leader soon. It is planned that the remaining funding will be used towards setting up the Greenhouse at Letaba School.
Upon completion of the whole project, it is hoped that a guide can be set up, containing all the lessons learnt and best-practices as established during project NLC 74739, as well as a photograph gallery and video gallery.

Events

2018 NAPCP Roadshow

NAPCP is currently on a road show. MANCOM members are visiting in all the provinces to do a presentation on NAPCP, and get feedback from our affiliates.

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2019 National Cerebral Palsy Conference

We are now accepting abstracts for our 2019 National Cerebral Palsy Conference...

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Current Projects

Lotto Greenhouse Project

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UN Convention Seminars

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News

2018 NAPCP Roadshow

NAPCP is planning a road show which will take place in the second half of 2018.

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Professor Faith Bischof serving on the International Affairs Committee (IAC) of the AACPDM

Professor Faith Bischof, Vice Chairman of NAPCP is currently serving on the International Affairs committee (IAC) of the AACPDM...

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