Rain Season – A period of hope and renewal

Right now the rain season in Zambia starts. It is the time of the year every farmer is waiting for. Lloyd calls it a period of hope and renewal…very true: planting season is knocking on our doors.

We are still busy preparing for that. There is so much to do. So many different things. Right now Lloyd is going around to get polythene bags in Choma and seeds and pesticides in Livingstone. And he is doing that after and between working his main job as a teacher. ๐Ÿ˜‰

PAF volunteers packing soil into polythene bags for seedlings
PAF volunteers packing soil into polythene bags for seedlings

 

While Lloyd is enjoying city life for a bit our volunteers in Chinkonono Village work hard on our objective to raise as many tree seedlings as possible to provide the less fortunate with trees and help feed their families and change their diets, but also to fulfill the “Moringa tree” deal we made with the Chief.

passing on the gift of life
passing on the gift of life

 

Shy girl
Shy girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

That means we have to ferry black soil and river sand from the river back to our grounds. Then we have to mix it in the correct proportions to create a rich soil for the seedlings.

So grateful for our animals..special volunteers
So grateful for our animals..special volunteers

 

If you think this job is rough when it is warm and dry you should try it after some heavy rains ๐Ÿ˜‰

A typical day for a Planting A Future volunteer
A typical day for a Planting A Future volunteer

 

Horse Power? Hard work ;)
Horse Power? Hard work ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

As you can imagine our volunteers get hungry after a hard day…so what do we serve today? Right…some nice and nutricious dish.

Makande Zambian style...a maize and bean stew...very yummy and gives us strength to keep on working hard
Makande Zambian style…a maize and bean stew…very yummy and gives us strength to keep on working hard

 

Other than that we are still clearing out our plot for the sewing room and library. The ladies finally agreed on the side where it will be built and it is now settled.

PAF executive meeting with Grime chairing
PAF executive meeting with Grime chairing

 

The construction has just begun now and we will keep you updated about the progress.ย  This will definitely be one of the highlights for 2016.

We also found a professional tailer who will be teaching our volunteers how to sew three times a week. That way we can offer some training for our women.

If anyone can help us out with some sewing patterns for clothes and/or instructions on how to use them or maybe books about sewing…please contact us via e-mail on plantingafuture@gmail.com

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Rain Season – A period of hope and renewal

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