Nosipho is a 13-year-old Sunday School member in an Anglican Church in a vast sprawling township 20km outside Cape Town. It was built on the sand and is very dry and windy. She lives in a shack with her family and the dust blows into the house.
Green Anglicans started a project called ‘Avos from Anglicans’ and she has learned how to grow a seedling from an avocado pit. She is going to keep all the pits she can and teach her friends as well. She will plant the little tree in her yard and has a dream of making the whole street green. When they started the project, their priest planted and blessed a little avocado tree at the church and the Sunday School will have to water it every week.
She likes Green Anglicans because last year she and her friends got to go on a hike called ‘Pride of Table Mountain’. They went on a bus with kids from two other Sunday Schools and it was brilliant fun. They started the morning with some leaders who taught them all about Table Mountain and what plants they would see. She didn’t know that there were so many different kinds. They also learned the difference between an alien tree and an indigenous one, and now she knows that alien trees use up a lot of water.
The hike was quite tough but she loved it. She hopes that one day she can work as an environmental educator or a ranger on the mountain too. Now, when she goes to town on the train she sees Table Mountain and knows all about it and really does feel proud of her mountain. When she wears her Green Anglican T-shirt she feels very proud and wants to look after the plants on the mountain.
Recently some of the big kids from church went down to the beach at Monwabisi for a Big Beach Clean up. They collected loads of rubbish in a very short time. They learned that the worst plastic is that which is used only once, like straws and water bottles. Animals eat them and get sick and we might also get sick because the tiny pieces of plastic will get into the fish that we eat. One of the things they learnt was how to make an eco-brick by stuffing plastic into a 2-litre plastic drinks bottle. These bottles are then cemented together to make walls for classrooms. One of the kids follows Green Anglicans Instagram on his cell phone and showed her some cool pictures of a crèche made from eco-bricks. Their teacher says they must bring five eco-bricks each to Sunday School.
Nosipho’s Sunday School teacher is called Miss Manentsa and she loves all kinds of green things. She taught them a lot of fun stories from a Sunday School book called Ryan the Rhino. This year they have been having a drought in Cape Town, and from Ryan’s book, they learned that water is very precious. Nosipho saw a baptism a few weeks ago and the teacher reminded her that they were all baptized when they were babies or little children, so water is sacred to Anglicans. We must look after it. The children discussed how they can save water and Nosipho is doing lots of things to save water at home and at school.
Last year Miss Manentsa took the class to an exciting World Environment Day Festival. They prepared a dance, and some of the other Sunday Schools did songs and dramas. They won second prize and so this year they will practice even harder and maybe win first prize. It is fun being a Green Anglican!!
Photos from Green Anglicans.