Informal education and outreach

Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA)
Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA)

Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) was founded towards the end of 1990 by a group of eco-conscious individuals and organisations including Dr. Jeunesse Park and Isla Feldman of the JNF of South Africa. FTFA's outreach focuses on ecological challenges and educates the local people in their urban environments to improve their quality of life and to learn about sustainable, natural resource management and food security. FTFA’s goals include poverty alleviation and skills development.

The Mandela Peace Garden
The Mandela Peace Garden

The Mandela Peace Garden was established in 1997 in partnership with the JNF of South Africa and Food and Trees for Africa. It comprises more than a hectare of community food gardens for pensioners and is situated adjacent to the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre.

The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC)
The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC)

The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC) was established by the JNF was opened on the 14th September 2004 by Ma Albertina Sisulu. WSEC makes it possible for the people in Mamelodi and the surrounding areas to access practical ecological education. The programmes offered include culturally- appropriate community workshops on topics such as medicinal plants, permaculture and sustainable living for urban environments and last for 2-5 days. The Centre also offers environmental education to the youth of Mamelodi regarding water, treatment of waste, planting trees and the opportunity for direct engagement with the WSEC permaculture garden.

Educational Visits to Israel
Educational Visits to Israel

The Keren Kayemet (JNF) in Israel hosts visitors from all over the world to share in Israel's eco-technology expertise. South African delegations for example visit the Arava Desert Research and Development Centre in the Negev Desert in order to learn about reverse desertification. Helpful connections have been forged between the Israelis and South Africans and ongoing assistance offered by to the South Africans working locally to combat climate change. In Africa the JNF offers assistance in drip irrigation, river rehabilitation, forest management and desalinisation.

Rejuvenating Burnt Forests
Rejuvenating Burnt Forests

In Israel, forest fires happen as a result of the wildfires, arson and also missiles from neighbouring regions. These affect the local vegetation and the forest’s wildlife. A forest can take thirty years to regenerate. The KKL-JNF rehabilitates burnt forests by removing the dead trees, encouraging natural regeneration, monitoring the progress of the new sprouts, as well as growing alternative species that are more resilient to wildfires. Amongst its preventative measures the KKL-JNF educates Israeli youth about forests, encourages community activities in the forests, and installs firebreaks and water points.

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