…as the year grows older and we grow older our plants just grow bigger and start to carry fruits. Just a few days ago we checked on our organic and homegrown strawberries in the Kalomo garden. Wow…look at them. Delicious, huh? 😉
Also we keep on donating boxes of seedlings to households in need. For example this farmer recieved some Mango, Moringa and PawPaw trees for his orchard. We hope they will soon help feed his family and change his diet to a more nutritious one.
And a very nice surprised reached us just recently. Our friend Patrick Thompson and his family from Hawaii sent us a big pack full of nice things: Veggie seeds, pencils and preserved/dried fruits.
The pencils are going to our community pre-school across the river. Few kids come to school each day without pencils and books because they just can not afford them. They will be so happy 🙂
Some of the seeds we will plant in our communal veggie garden at the base. Some seeds we will preserve for winter gardens, more precisely family winter gardens.
The preserved and dried fruits will be used to teach fruit preservation to our community. So those are a good and timely gift as wild fruits are ripening right now. People are gathering and consuming everything when in season and starve from june to february. Just imagine a family of 6 with 4 Mango trees eating all the mangoes in 2 months 😉 So that way we can make sure they will put some aside and keep them for dry season. Great. 🙂
Last but not least we would like to show you some faces behind the scenes at PAF. You all met Grime during the agriculture shows. But have you met his son Chipego yet? He is one of our helpers and volunteers and does a great job. Thank you!
…yes, it has been quiet here. But do not think we have been sleeping. 😉
No…we have been quite active. New challenges are facing us now. I will just introduce 2 of them for now. 2 very exciting ones.
So check this one: Chief Nyawa requested us to supply his farmers with 5.000 Moringa tree seedlings. You might not know it, but right now Moringa is the most expensive of all plants because of its “miracle powers” and the ability to filter water and thus help irrigation. So farmers now will plant hectars for sale. The plan is that 200 households each plant 250 trees. Unfortunately we now lack seedbags…4.000 of them. Anyone got some spare ones?
One of the beneficiaries of our collaboration with Chief Nyawa is Mr Bramwell Hakumbila who already picked up some seedlings for his field.
The other big adventure we are working on right now is a building where our PAF women can sew. Means we will have to build a building for a storage and show room and also a place for the actual work. Our ladies are facing a tough time moulding bricks. But they know what they are doing it for. So they work hard and don’t complain.
Exciting news? Yeah, we agree. We are, as usual, struggling financially. But we will not give up. We will do our level best to make it all happen.
WOW! We are so humbled and grateful. We just recieved a message of our dear friend and supporter Murray from Australia. He loves Zambia and found our project online. Since that day he has been soreading the word and been supporting us.
A few months ago we came up with the idea of creating a reading room and small library for the kids and people in the village.
He loved the idea so much that he spontaneously shared this idea on Facebook and asked his friends and local schools to donate books for that cause.
The feedback was amazing. People sent him books and books and books.
Just look at how crammed classes in Zambia can be. It is almost impossiböe for kids to actually read and find the joy in reading because of lacking books and school materials.
Just a few days ago he was able to send the first box to Zambia.
Shipping will take 60 to 90 days. But we have no rush. 🙂 It is mainly books for the young ones, as Murray says. Also he will send more once we see that they actually get there.
Just to quote Murray here:
“I was packing / weighing the box at the Post Office and a very kind and generous Lady donated $50 to the postage when she heard what I was doing .. Thank You kind stranger whose name I did not get.”
WOW again. This is really touching.
Just to mention some people we have to thank for their kind donation:
Katrina Vrenegoor, Jaye Bolte, Quamma Public School, Cobargo Public School, Well Thumbed Books in Cobargo …
Thank you to everyone who supports us. We are humbled.
You guyd have no idea how many sparkling eyes this will bring and what a huge difference and change this will make.
Wow…time flies. Right now we are taking care of pur seedlings. Since rainy season starts soon we prepare everything so the nursery will be all set up.
Also Lloyd finally could plant his last remaining breadfruit seedling into Zambian soil. Almost one year ago our journey took up pace…now the last out of 150 plants found its new home.
But that is not the only thing we do. We are trying to create jobs for PAF women. Our newest project to help our community is to teach women how to sew. This will open doors because now they can actually handsew clothes for their own families and also for sale to provide for their families.
We are so proud about the results. Don’t these 2 ladies look fly? Zambia’s next top model…clothes designed by PAF. 😉