This afternoon, 20 youth from a UNESCO conference and 3 Addington Action volunteers cleared up the land of a Sydenham home of rubble and accumulated rubbish so that a large community veggie garden can be established.
The team of 20 youth arrived on a bus with gumboots, wheelbarrows, and overalls from the UNESCO Youth Forum "Looking Beyond Disaster" being held 9-12 December at Canterbury University.
The forum has brought together 50, 15-25 year olds from disaster-hit areas in the Asia Pacific Region together with 50, 15-25 year old Christchurch folks for a symposium on how to best involve youth on the rebuild of communities after disasters.
Establishing a very large number of veggie gardens is becoming an urgent task because of the rising levels of poverty in this area. Nothing like the humble spud and cabbages!