The Sethule self-help garden project was started in April 2006 as a means to provide food supplements to orphans. Sethule formally employs an overseer gardener to ensure that orphans are well supplied with sufficient vegetables. The Trust shares the garden with ten local families communally, with the agreement that each family gives 10% of their produce to the Sethule Orphan Feeding programme.
In October 2007, Sethule received donations to install a mechanical water pump, to drive fresh water from the river up to the gardens. This means that irrigation can be provided year-round and has helped immensely to boost food production. The gardens are therefore much less prone to intermittent rainfall, and of course the burden of carrying water in buckets for 2km to reach the gardens has been lifted.
From 2009, the price of grinding maize (the local staple diet) rose exponentially. Sethule helped tackle this problem by purchasing a grinding mill, thus enabling local and foster families to have their maize crop ground at a reduced, affordable price. Income from Sethule’s grinding mill is now ploughed back into the project.