“Children are less overwhelmed by their problems when they have access to green spaces …scenic surrounds also have a positive influence by reducing aggression and violence in teens.” Lindela Mjenxane – Founder of BEEP
The Beyond Expectation Environmental Project (BEEP) exists to help township youth trapped in an environment dominated by poverty connect with the environment. The heart of the project is the overnight hikes to Table Mountain where children learn about nature, water conservation, flora, the consequences of littering and the importance of preserving our environment. On the hikes the children are given a chance for self-reflection and are encouraged to believe in themselves.
The overnight hikes started in 2005 and the project has grown in leaps and bounds ever since. After school workshops were added in 2010 in response to a desire from youth newly connected with the natural world to learn more. These workshops include the establishment of local food gardens in schools and shared community areas. These gardens give the youth an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and learn about and engage in the natural world in a hands on way. These food gardens are monitored and supported by BEEP so that they become sustainable ongoing efforts. The programme currently has 300 children enrolled.
BEEP is run by two youthful, driven philanthropic leaders: Lindela Mjenxan and Khanyiswa Zangqa who have won numerous awards for their work.