In memory of Paul Miedema

We are heartbroken as we come to terms with the sudden passing of Paul Miedema, founder of both Calabash Tours and Calabash Trust. We will remember Paul for his passion, dedication and contribution towards responsible tourism, for his championing of pro-poor tourism in the Nelson Mandela Bay surrounds, and for the platform he built for all of us to continue […]

Lavela ECDC

Lavela Early Childhood Development Centre Nomonde Gqibitole, the Grade R teacher of Lavela since its early days, is still making sure this school runs efficiently every year. She has been doing a truly amazing job and we are also proud to announce that Nomonde graduated from Early Inspiration for her NQF Level 2. To broaden her skills, she further attended […]

WB Tshume education and nutrition

  WB Tshume Grade R Teachers’ Experiences The pre grade R’s have had a much more interesting learning experience with the valuable learning material sent by Keith and Janice Griffin earlier this year. The two teachers who has been supported by the Royal Wootton Bassett Rotary Club in the UK are depicted in the pictures above; Malefu on the left […]

Reed’s visit Emafini

Reeds arrived in Port Elizabeth with an energy that was ready to kick start working at the Emafini permaculture project and other various activities they had planned for their week.   The Reeds College and Calabash partnership is one that has been ongoing for years and this year it was based on continuing the work done previously. The group spilt […]

Madosini and Pedro the Music Man in PE!

Madosini and Pedro the Music Man in PE – Click the link for more information! A TASTE OF AFRICAN MUSIC   Madosini, one of the best players of the Xhosa traditional instruments na  med Isitolotolo, Mhube and Uhadi. The first is called Jew’s Harp in English and the other two are musical bows using the mouth or a calabash as a resonator […]

Puppet Show with Assitej and Emafini

PUPPET SHOW: Folk tales Revisited Red Earth Revisited, a puppet show created by a Dutch puppet theatre company, Speel Theater Holland Studio, illustrating the story of Nonqawuse. This is the story of young Xhosa prophetess Nonqawuse, whose prophesy is said to have led to the downfall of the Xhosa nation in the Eastern Cape. According to the history books, the invasion […]

Wickersly visits Emafini

Wickersley Visit The first week Wickersley had an opportunity to visit previous projects, with Charles Duna being one of those schools. The purpose of the visit was for the current students and leaders to see the progress of what had been done and how the school was looking currently. This visit then led them to Emafini Primary School where they would […]

Holiday programme at Emafini

Holiday Program As the term ended Calabash organsied a holiday program which extended the ABCD process by introducing permaculture and arts to the parents and children.   Parents and children gathered during their holidays to work on the school garden and continue the creative thought program. We were amazed to see that children from surrounding schools, besides Emafini, also took part […]

ABCD workshop at Emafini Primary School

ABCD Workshop: As part of Calabash Trust Programmes at schools, an ABCD (asset based community development) workshop was initiated for the parents and teachers of Emafini Primary School as the first step in introducing permaculture and creative thought programmes. We invited a group of parents from the school and started an ABCD process, which included creating awareness of the group/community’s assets (human, […]

Featuring in Permaculture News

A. Introduction A sustainability evaluation of urban agriculture (UA) projects in specific wards in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2012 (Phase I) and 2014 (phase II) has shown that 97% of the school garden were not sustainable. Most projects did not aim to empower gardeners to the point of rendering the garden autonomous. A recommendation was therefore made to test a […]