My name is Oliver. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been working as a volunteer for Yabonga Children’s Project - a Cape Town based NGO with the focus on educational and psychosocial support for families in townships that are infected and affected by HIV/Aids. 

Yabonga’s programmes aim to rebuild these families for a better and healthier future! Our educare programme aids young children aged 1 to 5 years old, our Community Mother programme looks after children aged 6 to16 years old, and our Youth and Gap Year programmes support teenagers aged 17 through to post-Matric. Our adult programme trains dedicated care givers to be agents of change in their communities as we believe that real change can only start from within!

The entire Yabonga family are beneficiaries of Yabonga’s Nutrition Programme. The aim to serve every single person a daily meal that consists of fresh, healthy, nutrient rich foods, many of which come straight from Yabonga’s Vegetable Garden!


As you may know Cape Town is under going the biggest water crisis of our generation! Due to lack of water Yabonga will be forced to shut down its vegetable garden. 

This means that more than 1000 children in our programme will lose their only  daily source of healthy nutrition! 

We are at a point where common irrigation systems are no longer feasible and our last chance is the drilling of a borehole, the setting up of a water tank and connecting it with the current piping system. 

Unfortunately since borehole companies around Cape Town are taking advantage of the drought, the prices for such services have increased drastically. This leaves Yabonga with no other option than shutting down the garden and the Nutrition Programme.


                                   So this is why I am running the 42KM race
                                            at the CAPE TOWN MARATHON

                                                on SEPTEMBER 23, 2018.

  I aim to raise 7000 € / R110,000 to keep 1000 Yabonga Children well-fed and healthy!

And because 42km aren´t insane enough - My Goal is to finish in less that 3h 30min!

              Please help me. Together we can save Yabonga’s Nutrition Programme!

Klick here to find out more about Yabonga and our amazing programmes!


The Idea:

In 2016 a vegetable garden was established at Yabonga’s head office in Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa. It was supported by the idea of promoting a healthier diet for the children and youth taking part in the organisation’s programmes. Since then more than 20 flower beds flourishing with an incredible variety of more than 15 different vegetables are responsible for our beneficiaries nutrition. Cropped vegetables, including spinach, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, potatoes and many more, are harvested, portioned and distributed to the Community Mother Programme and the Respite Centre where the children receive their daily meals consisting of a great variety of essential vitamins needed for growth and development. This all made possible by the vegetables coming directly from Yabonga’s garden.

The Potential:

Thanks to the supply of seedlings from our donors Hart Nurseries and Ferndale Nurseries and the hard work of our gardener Gabriel and his workers - The hope is that in the future, every two weeks a different batch of vegetables will be ready to be harvested, bundled and later delivered to our Community Mothers. The best case scenario includes all of the current 42 community mothers with over 1000 children, the respite and the youth centre, receiving baskets of fresh vegetables and herbs on a weekly basis. 

Thereafter, the overall amount of the available harvest will have a surplus of vegetables, which could later be sold at a monthly held organic market and generate an additional revenue for Yabonga.

The Problem:

Due to the current water drought in Cape Town and its followed restrictions on water with horrendously high fees, it is simply not feasible for Yabonga to irrigate the garden sufficiently enough and to make use of all the vegetable beds available. At the moment the harvest is struggling with incredibly numbers, which is leading to a further decrease of Community Mothers receiving vegetables. Hence less children with a well-balanced diet and an opportunity to grow and develop healthily.

Recent impacts of the drought even forced us to take drastic cuts in the Yabonga Nutrition Programme which will lead to the complete shut down of the garden by the end of June.

The Solution:

By digging two rainwater biotopes and connecting a piping system for better irrigation, first actions have been undertaken in order to seize a bigger water supply. Nonetheless this additional water source is still dependent on rainfall, which is not likely to occur in Cape Town in upcoming months, or even years. 

Because using the tap water wouldn’t only be less sufficient due to the lacking of necessary minerals the plants need, it will also increase the cost of water enormously. The only real improvement and solution for the water shortage is the drilling of a borehole. 

This is the only way the full potential of the vegetable garden can be reached and have all of Yabonga’s beneficiaries fed and additional crops sold to the public.

Costs for drilling a borehole and connection + set up for a water tank: 7000€ (R 110,000)

With your donation you can help us drill the borehole, set up a water tank and secure a sustainable healthy nutrition for Yabonga’s children!


Sanlam Cape Town Marathon / Peace Run 2018

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon / Peace Run 2018

Whether you are taking part in the 42km Marathon or doing a Peace Run, you are invited to "run for charity" in the 2018 event. Click on "Start fundraising" to create your personal fundraising project for your favourite charity!

a project by

Oliver Wallnberger

Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA

in support of