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Nikita Lagler – Recycling Project

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

On the 17 June I went to visit my children at Ithembelihle Lsen School once again. This time we decided to do a recycling project with the children. I taught the children about litter and why it is bad and what happens to animals when they eat it. We decided as a group that we will no longer throw our litter on the floor but rather in dustbins.

We learnt that we can recycle certain items and we have started to recycle paper and plastic in their classroom! These children caught on to the recycling concept so easily and I can just hope that they carry on being so enthusiastic about it! We learnt that the green bin is for plastic and the red bin is for paper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These children can not only help the environment by recycling but they can also help themselves! As these children battle with normal school curriculum they can use recycling as a tool to gain some income one day when they have to leave school.

Every time I visit these children they amaze me more and more! They inspire me and I can only hope that what I am doing for them they will benefit from in the long run.

 

Seipati Ledibane: Bloemfontein SPCA visit

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

On a cool May Saturday morning Miss Earth SA Bloemfontein 2015 regional semi- finalists, which I am a part of, together with Margo Fargo our Miss Earth South Africa Ambassodor visited the Bloemfontein Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, commonly referred to as the SPCA. The SPCA teaches the public how to take care of their animals properly, helps animals that are physically or mentally abused, it also provides a home to those animals into suitable homes.

Although we didn’t get the chance to interact with the animals, we had the chance to get to know each other, to learn more about the centre and the work it does and as to how we can assist it.

A big thank you to the Bloemfontein SPCA for opening the doors to MESA ladies.

Seipati Ledibane: Bloemfontein Zoo visit

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

   

Bloemfontein Zoo is one of the oldest in South Africa, it is now a home of many to many our wildlife including the Big Five Animals. The Zoo plays an important role as a centre of learning, conservation, recreation and research. On a chilly morning on the 24th June I took a visit to the Bloemfontein Zoo I met with the the supervisor in charge, and he introduced me to the staff. Some of the tasks I had on the day included preparing food for the herbivorous animals. Food preparations included making peanut butter brown bread, chopping bananas, apples, oranges, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots and green peppers into halves. Later, during the day we fed the carnivorous. Apart from the fact that the zoo is one of my favorite spots in my hometown, I have very fond memories of this place hence it was a rather fun and interesting visit I had adding to a list of good memories and appreciation for our Zoos.

Thank you to the Bloemfontein Zoo management for opening their gates for me and for the staff for their help and guidance during my visit.

Jessica Janse Van Rensburg: Paying a visit to my past primary school

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Standing behind the podium and giving my talk

Showing off my old blazer! They couldn't believe it still fits!

On 18 June, I was absolutely delighted to revisit my Primary School, Parview Senior. I was invited to talk to the learners about my journey from the time that I left PVS to where I am today as a University student but most importantly, a Miss Earth SA semi-finalist. Being on the stage, looking down at the students seemed so surreal. To think that it was me who was sitting in the hall 8 years ago… it felt like yesterday!

During my talk, I wore my old PVS blazer, which still kind of fits (the sleeves were a bit short)! I spoke on behalf of Animal Anti-Cruelty League and emphasised how important it is to adopt and not shop. I also spoke about the 3 R’s of recycling and how if each one of us makes a small difference it will all add up to a big difference. Lastly, talking from experience, I reminded the learners of how lucky they are to be receiving such a wonderful education and that every one of us has the right to an education but it is your responsibility to make sure that you make use of it.

I am so proud to be from such an amazing school that continues to thrive. PVS is a gem of a school that is so well run by the amazing teachers and learners.

Green hugs! xx

Jessica Janse Van Rensburg: Tambotie Preparatory School

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

All together - the wonderful staff and students of Tambotie.

Educating these young, green minds. Earth Warriors!

Big hugs for me!

On 19 June, Tambotie Prep School allowed me to work with their students to plant 10 trees along their fence. The trees were planted in order to provide shade on the field and to stop wind from blowing onto the netball court. After I spoke to the students about Miss Earth SA and the importance of trees, the grade 7′s helped me plant the trees.

This has to be one of my favourite schools by far… the learners are so presentable and enthusiastic… I must have received about 30 hugs out of nowhere! I always say, there is nothing better than a big hug from a small person. Thanks to KUBIC for sponsoring the trees to this wonderful project!

Green hugs! xx

 

Jessica Janse Van Rensburg: Lerato Educational Centre

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Planting Princess!

I worked with all of these wonderful children!

Its good to get your hands dirty.

On 22 June, I visited Lerato Educational Centre. Lerato is an informal settlement just outside JHB (near the Lido hotel) that houses 1600 people without running water or electricity. The educational centre is truly amazing… Despite being told by the government that they are not allowed to be on the land, the centre has 470 children aged 3 to 9 whom they feed, bathe and clothe daily. Many of the children are from child headed households and the only meals they receive are twice a weekday from the centre at breakfast and lunch. It breaks my heart to see that people are still living in such squalor and its right on our doorstep.

Kubic kindly donated the wonderful trees, which we named and planted around their field. Its a wonderful story because the seeds were planted by school children 2 years ago. They have been looked after at Aspen Nature Estate’s propagation centre ever since. I particularly enjoyed this project because even though these children have so little, they know the power of education and they are so willing to learn. The Leaners now have Dora, Princess, Pinky, Shakie, Good Tree, and Beyoncé among others to help grow and look after! What a wonderful, heartfelt experience. Thank you to Miss Earth SA for providing the platform for me to be the change.

Green hugs! xx

Jessica Janse Van Rensburg: Aloe Ridge gets 10 peach trees!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Mixing the soil with bone meal and compost

Big smiles from my Earth Warriors!

talking to the whole school...

On 22 June, I went to Aloe Ridge Primary school where I gave a talk to the entire school (639 children), planted a tree and handed over another 9 trees which we will plant later in the year so that they are not affected by frost. In my talk, I spoke about Animal Anti-Cruelty League, The importance of recycling and trees and all about Miss Earth SA! The school is amazingly well run and the learners were so polite! Thank you to Keen Gro at Rietvlei for donating the peach trees!

This one was personal because my dad was a pupil at Aloe Ridge so it was great to hear all his stories and experience his school first hand. It was daunting to talk to so many children but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Greem hugs! xx

Seipati Ledibane: Greening Unity Primary School

Monday, June 29th, 2015

“A seed planted has all the potential it needs to be a jungle- dominating baobab tree. The only thing it needs is time and water”-Vusi Thembekwayo. I couldn’t say it better than that. On the 12th of June, I planted 8 indigneous trees in my hometown at Unity Primary School in Phase Two. I gave a lecture to grade3 learners about what Miss Earth SA(MESA), and what the programme is about. Amongst other things we spoke about the importance of trees, indigenous, and just a little discussion about the environment, our wildlife and the importance of growing your own vegetable garden.

 

Roberta Ndlovu – My spinach garden: Food Security Project

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I was really excited to be able to plant a garden at Polokong Childrens Village. Studies show that more than half of the population in South Africa do not have access to enough food. To be able to plant vegetables that would end up on a child’s plate feels great.

 

 I was happy to see the spinach grow so well over the weeks, I cannot wait for harvest time!

Chantal Viljoen: MOGODU Children Home Day

Monday, June 29th, 2015

On the 20th of June I was invited to attend a event of Mogodu Children’s home. This is one event I will never forget ever. On this day I gave the kids some teddy bears, sweet packets, knitted socks and toys. I also delivered a speech on how to be a earth warrior and what purpose our humans have on earth and how we can give back to the earth and youth of today. Those kids stole my heart. I planted the first tree ever for them, it was a Lemon Tree. I also discussed with them future plans for the garden, vegetable garden, more trees, and transforming the lives of those kids. I had so much fun!! I was so happy to see what difference I can make in peoples lives. I also worked with Diamond and Love Life. I had amazing sponsors who helped me with donations.

There is only greater and bigger things ahead for Mogodu Children Home.