Winstone's wait for a vegetable garden

Winstone's wait for a vegetable garden

The Southern Africa Livelihoods Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Winstone is 38 years old and lives with his mother Mthavini in a small rural village in north west South Africa.

Winstone is a wheelchair user and despite being highly intelligent was forced to leave school during grade 9, and has since spent the majority of his life at home.  

This all changed three years ago as Winstone began attending Tanani Matiko #2, a local community organisation working to support disabled community members. Since joining, Winstone thrived and quickly became a familiar face around the organisation. Despite his limited physical ability, Winstone works for hours each day creating handicrafts with recycled maize bags and wool string and his contagious laughter can he heard as he talks with other group members and their families.

Winstone's wait for a vegetable garden

Tanani Matiko #2 is one of the groups supported by the Southern Africa Livelihoods Project which is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). The project is planning to establish a shed for egg-laying chickens and a vegetable garden that can engage group members and their unemployed family members. The group aims to generate income through the sale of vegetables and eggs while also providing fresh food for group members and their families.


"I am expecting a garden that even people in wheelchairs can have access to."

– Winstone


Since first visiting Winstone in May 2018, visual storyteller Conor Ashleigh has kept in contact with Winstone via whatsapp. Winstone has actively taken on the task of photographing and sending updates on the group's progress. We plan to share these updates with you as work progresses on construction of a borehole and water tank and the chicken shed.



See more stories of how World Vision is growing livelihoods in Southern Africa.