Abalimi’s work can be best described by looking at our target group, core business and target areas.
Our Target Group are living in vast informal settlements, often referred to as townships to the North-East of Cape Town, where up to one million people now live, mostly in shacks and matchbox houses. Approximately 40% of its people are unemployed. The majority speak Xhosa and are recent arrivals from the Eastern Cape – the former apartheid homelands of Transkei and Ciskei.
Our Core Business is to assist our Target Group to, firstly, combat poverty by growing food sustainably, using organic methods, at home and in community gardens and, secondly, to plant water wise indigenous trees and flora in schools and streets, in order to transform the dune-sands of the Cape Flats into a sustainable water-wise urban environment.
Our Target Area is the Cape Flats – including Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Phillipi, Browns Farm, Crossroads and Gugulethu. The Cape Flats are ecologically sensitive dune sand areas which contain some of the most threatened floral species within the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Biome. Thus we strive through all our activities and projects to conserve what is left and to renew what has been destroyed.
Individuals and groups from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town Metropolitan Area recognise the link between their survival, health and the active improvement of their environment.
They have the confidence to initiate, replicate and sustain food growing and greening activities locally, regionally and nationally. They also recognise these actions as an entry point to other development activities that can improve their lives.
By forming grassroots associations and networks they will actively seek out and lobby for resources and support, which will strengthen their self-help initiatives in both their rural and urban homes.
ABALIMI is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working to empower the disadvantaged through urban agriculture and environmental programmes and projects.
We support our target group’s ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments.
ABALIMI assists by providing the following support services:
- Project implementation
- Agricultural and horticultural commodities
- Organisation building
- Facilitation of partnerships
- Research, monitoring and evaluation.
Abalimi’s Key Result Areas:
- PROJECT DELIVERY – planning, implementing and support for community projects
- RESOURCE SUPPORT – supply of low cost agricultural & horticultural inputs to the community from the People’s Garden Centres
- TRAINING – vegetable gardening, horticulture & nutrition courses and Integrated Land Use Design (ILUD) workshops
- ORGANISATION BUILDING – to empower emerging groups to become independent
- NETWORKING & PARTNERSHIPS – to maximize all-round service delivery to our target group
- RESEARCH, MONITORING & EVALUATION – to improve practice, delivery & sustainability
- FINANCIAL & ORGANISATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY for Abalimi