Sasol The Owl Box Project

In the heart of the East Rand lies Katlehong ‚?? a dynamic township continuously seeking opportunities to grow. Having a long standing presence in the community, Sasol partnered up Food Gardens Foundation to encourage schools to strive to be clean and green.

 
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In the heart of the East Rand lies Katlehong ‚?? a dynamic township continuously seeking opportunities to grow. Having a long standing presence in the community, Sasol partnered up Food Gardens Foundation to encourage schools to strive to be clean and green.



The project teaches sustainable management of its natural resources through actions such as permaculture, recycling and rain harvesting. As waste management remains an ongoing challenge in the townships, the schools noticed their food gardens being affected by rats. Driven by a desire to sustain the project in an environmentally friendly way, Sasol brought in Ecosolutions to advise on a natural answer to the rat problem.



Barn owls have proved to be a great choice in the management of rats since they co-exist well with humans and consume large amounts of rats every day. The timing of the project was critical, since owls begin their breeding in winter and respond according to available food.



Sasol saw an opportunity to enhance the environmental education it supports across its communities by encouraging them to see birds of prey as natural biological agents for pest control. This education is apparent across the many birding guides that Sasol publishes - increasing the public‚??s awareness of the important role that they play within ecosystems. The learners are having a lot of fun caring for the owls and have enjoyed seeing them grow up and get ready to hunt for themselves.



Food Gardens Foundation



Food Gardens Foundation also known as FGF was established in 1976 under the name of Food Gardens Unlimited, as a result of the June 16 riots in Soweto,Gauteng.



Food Gardens Foundation‚??s vision is the empowerment of people to overcome malnutrition, famine, hunger and the effects of disease.



Food Gardens Foundation achieves community development and social upliftment by teaching people small-scale low-cost organic Food Gardening which in turn:



‚?Ę improves their health and quality of life

‚?Ę helps them to escape from the grip of poverty and helplessness by achieving a High Level of Household Food Security

‚?Ę self-actualisation

‚?Ę self-employment



Food Gardens Foundation needs your help. You can help in the following ways:



Adopt a school project



Donate items:



‚?Ę Used office furniture e.g. desks, chairs, etc.

‚?Ę Computers (old as long as they are still working) or new ones if you are in position to buy one.

‚?Ę Curtains or blinds

‚?Ę Paint

‚?Ę General repairs or make over of our old offices.

‚?Ę Fridge old or new.



Van/Car old or new.



For more information visit their website: http://www.foodgardensfoundation.org.za/or call: (011) 342-4440



Ecosolutions



Ecosolutions is an environmental company that specialises in finding innovative and cost effective solutions to environmental issues in urban areas. We provide a range of environmental services including, Biodiversity Surveys, Greening Reports and Pigeon Control consultations. In addition to this, we manage the Urban Owl Box Project, now the largest project of its kind in the world. Along with the Urban Owl Box Project we conduct a number of Environmental Education programs for schools and Eco-estates.



Food Gardens Foundation needs your help. You can help in the following ways:



‚?Ę Owl boxes for schools within the community

‚?Ę Other donations



For more information visit their website: http://www.ecosolutions.co.za/ or call: 072-3659 777

 
 
 
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