Water…everybody says it: It is the source of life. But people in the western world so very often take water for granted. Where does it come from? Out of the wall? Well..practically yes…there, in Europe or the US or Australia.
But in Zambia it is not to be taken for granted. Especially in rural areas like Chinkonono Village people depend on rivers, rain season and the mercy of the dry season.
When rivers dry out people use the water they stored by building small dams and digging wells. And then it is all about waiting for the water to seep out of the ground so women can scoop it into their buckets and containers.
Lots of times children accompany their mothers to wait with them. It is a tedious job to fetch water. Multiple times per day. Especially for PAF because we do have to water our seedlings.
And even then…the water our community members get out of the wells or river is contaminated and dirty. So health risks come up and people get sick. But what can you do? People need to drink. So they take whatever bit of water they can get.
Our main objective for the future is to raise enough funds to drill a borehole. That way we can ensure water supply throughout the whole year. It would help our community to have access to drinking water and also to water our seedlings and plants. Another plus would be the fact that people from surrounding villages would come to Chinkonono and we could also try create income by selling veggies and food to them while they wait for water. So a borehole will change a lot for our community.
Planting A Future is such an amazing project. And it is growing so fast. So many things we need to do and that we want to do. Sometimes it is hard to focus on our running project so as to finish those before starting the next thing 😉
Our achievements are overwhelming at times. Especially for people in Chinkonono Village and for Lloyd. He sat down and wrote a nice review of the past 6 and a bit months. Please take a few minutes to read what he has to say!
As we enter the second quarter of this year lets take while to look back at awe-inspiring moments and events! 🙂 A lot has happened to PAF, both locally and internationally, and at times these incidents, events and moments have left most of us speechless and in awe. In other words these have jolted us out of the ordinary into the extraordinary and brought us to a better understanding of humanity, without the usual facade of race, religion, culture, ethinicity, tribe and social class. It showed us that humanity is just one big family. To everyone who has been following the developments at PAF it is evident that like-minded people from all over the world have made so much sacrifice to bring a smile or change the lives of Chinkonono people for the better. All this has been done while the world is groaning under the global financial meltdown, terrorism, refugee crisis and climate changes. There were many awe-inspiring moments and it is impossible to highlight all of them. Everyone of them made PAF what it is today.
While we were struggling with resources to put basic stuff together, a dying man requested his family not to buy flowers for his wreaths but to give the money to PAF so that we could buy the materials for the greenhouse. We will always remember you. May you rest in peace! Thank you so much to Baumschule Bösl!
Under very difficult financial challenges our friends from Repairer Of The Breach bought the village women sewing machines and fabrics and Bruni donated money to construct the first building of our community center that now houses a sewing room and library.
Bruni, for the second time, visited Zambia to check on PAF activities, live in the village so as to understand village challenges and learn the lives of the people. It is during this visit when PAF became an NGO with structured activities. More info, the statute and membership forms will be online soon!
Our friend Murray from Australia organised for books for our village kids. This was achieved at great financial cost and sacrifice from a lot of people in Australia.
PAF recieved breadfruit seedlings for the second time. Our partners at the Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii together with Global Breadfruit and Cultivaris donated trees as a christmas gift to the village. This was such a great surprise as we did not expect any seedlings due to the challenges we had faced the first time we were given seedlings.
The ladies of Repairer Of The Breach also donated money for a christmas feast to the village. This has been unprecedented. Never in the history of the village has everyone come together to celebrate christmas. Only a couple of families used to do it while the rest of the village had no food due to lack of money and food.
We are also setting up our school sponsorship programme to help vulnerable families pay for their kids’ school fees and thus give them a chance to get education. The first kids already found sponsors. Please contact us for further information if you are interested to change a child’s life!
These are some of the events which will remain in the mind of the village and PAF members for a lifetime. These have shown the world that love has no boundaries. On behalf of PAF I thank everyone who has made PAF what it is today. The story of this success will be incomplete without Patrick Thompson, Jacqueline Mapande, Stan Watt, Murray Quant, Diane, Garry, Amy, Josh, Blair and all the rest of our well wishers… THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Social Media…Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram…you say it’s all too much? Well…maybe. But for organizations like Planting A Future those platforms are an essential way of communication and obviously to get people to know about us.
As we posted before, we do have an Instagram Account now. One good thing about it is that we do find lots of like-minded people and organizations who work hand in hand. This just happened in the past days: An organization called PoorPilgrim contacted us and suggested to feature our story on their website.
So Julie sat down and wrote a short text about PAF that you can find here! Just take a moment and read it. They also featured us on their Instagram and Facebook.
Thanks so much to the guys from PoorPilgrim! It is fantastic to see that there are people who try to connect like-minded people.
Please take a moment and read about PoorPilgrim and their concept and what they do. We love it!
PoorPilgrim: We are a team of Philanthropists and travel experts that organize custom trips, charity trips and book flights/hotels. 20% of proceeds protect and empower at risk children.
Our Passion: Travel+Charity Traveling and charity are two realities that have changed the way we see the world. This is what we are passionate about; and this is what we desire to share. The world of adventure, self exploration and human solidarity is open to all. PoorPilgrim 101 Mission: To create a new way for people to travel: Charitable Travel. Vision: To protect and empower at risk children. It is by providing basic needs, education and solidarity that this goal is achieved. It is by teaming up with trusted partnerships and communities that this mission is made possible. Focus on Service We believe in helping others. Our strife is to organize a beautiful and unique trip that supports a cause. Travel with us and travel charitably. “Experience the world as a local and travel for a cause.”
Whoa…now look at that!!! Somebody made a new photo slideshow of Bruni’s visit and impressions of Chinkonono Village, PAF activities and the warmth and joy of our Zambian community!
Check the slideshow to get a glimpse of what Bruni experienced and of what is going on for Planting A Future with the new breadfruit seedlings, the first building of our new community center, the first moringa harvest, our village primary school and all our lovely PAF members 🙂
It is definitely worth 9 minutes of your time…we will take you on a little break from reality and invite you to join us in the middle of nowhere, far away from all stress and hectic.
Now lean back and enjoy! 🙂
Please share if you like what you see! Spread the word!