Salaam Foundation, the well known Gauteng based NGO, has won the Minara Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Builder of the Year 2022.
The award was presented at a prestigious event held in Durban on the 28 October 2022 with the entire Salaam Foundation team in attendance.
“We are extremely humbled by this award and the recognition afforded to us,” said Salaam Foundation co-director, Azhar Vadi.
“Our team has worked very hard in the humanitarian space with a focus on agriculture and food sustainability over the last few years and this will motivate us to reach new heights.”
Salaam Foundation has setup the Farm in the City, which is a social entrepreneurship project in Robertsham. This urban space has been turned into a vegetable garden with ground, hydroponic and aquaponic systems in place to produce vegetables used in their feeding scheme. The public is also welcome to purchase the organic veggies that are available.
On a larger scale they have engaged in cattle farming in the Free State where high quality grass-fed cattle are raised in an environmentally conscious manner for supply to the food programme. This is soon to be complimented by further vegetable gardens to cater for the growing demand as a result of unemployment, hunger and poverty.
“We know that hunger is mammoth problem. We also know that normal consumer food items that are easily available in stores have a colossal environmental impact, both in the meat and the vegetable industry. We have therefore decided to plant and grow organic food and nurture cattle using methods that are beneficial to the planet in the future. We care for our soil, we care for our animals, we care for our vegetables, we care about the people we assist and we care about the future of everyone living on planet earth” said Vadi.
“We call on the community of Lenasia and other areas to support us in our projects so we can take this vision to new heights.”
The Community Builder category was one amongst several others including Business Person and Business Women of the year and young Business Person of the Year.
You can get more information on the organisation by visiting www.instagram.com/salaam_foundation .