Surely you remember that Planting A Future just recently donated fruit trees to Singwamba clinic and school. As it is in the African bush animals are hungry too and enjoy some fresh and sweet fruits or juicy green leaves. So to protect our seedlings it is necessary to build fences around them. So Planting A Future taught Singwamba pupils how to build a living fence for their orchard.
Since time immemorial the abbysinian myrrh tre has played a pivotal role in the life of Tongas. It has been used both as a religious symbol of continuity and as a hedge to keep goats, chickens and pigs away from homesteads. It was also used to protect trees and vegetables from being eaten by livestock.
It is in this vein that Planting A Future has captaised on this knowledge and is now encouraging schools and homes with orchards to make living fences around them.
The abyssinian myrrh or paperback tree is ideal for this as it does not easily rot or is eaten by termites. Once cut and planted in the soil the stem begins to sprout and within two months you don’t only have a hedge protecting your pawpaws and guavas but also living plants adding beauty and greenery to your home.
The religious among us can select the most beautiful stem and put a string of white beads as a welcome sign to spirits of departed forefathers.
Ok there we go as Planting A Future is bringing back lost knowledge in order to ensure food security in our village.
Wir haben schon seit längerer Zeit darüber geredet, aber wer Afrika kennt, weiß: hier dauern die Dinge länger als in anderen Teilen der Welt. TIA…This Is Africa 😉
Aber gut Ding will Weile haben und so sind wir glücklich und stolz, Euch mitteilen zu können, dass Planting A Future ein in Sambia offiziell registrierter Verein ist. Die Gründungsveranstaltung fand am 19. April 2016 statt. Ein wichtiger Schritt ist somit getan.
Was bedeutet das nun für unser Projekt? Es ist ganz einfach und doch von so immenser Wichtigkeit:
Ab heute kann jeder, der sich engagieren möchte, Mitglied von PAF werden. Was musst du dafür tun:
Klicke HIER und downloade die Vereinssatzung, die Beitragsordnung und den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft.
Lies dir alles genau durch… keine Angst es handelt sich hier nicht um 60 Seiten.
Fülle den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft aus und unterschreibe ihn.
Du erhältst deine Mitgliedsbescheinigung und deine Spendenquittung.
Ihr fragt…was???…. einen Mitgliedsbeitrag zahlen? Ja das ist ein wichtiger Punkt. Deine mentale Unterstützung, dass du mit ganzem Herzen bei uns bist, bedeutet uns sehr viel. Aber wir haben uns um so viele Dinge zu kümmern, um das Leben und die Situation der Menschen in Chinkonono Village zu verbessern … und jeder weiß, dass das nicht ohne Geld möglich ist. Traurig aber wahr. Und die jährlichen Beiträge werden uns helfen, eine sichere finanzielle Basis zu schaffen, um sicherzustellen, PAF am Laufen zu halten, begonnene Projekte zu beenden und neue Projekte in den kommenden Jahren zu planen. Mit diesem Geld können wir so viel bewegen. Also denke darüber nach und lade dir den Mitgliedsantrag herunter. Wir warten sehnsüchtig auf die ausgefüllten Formulare.
Es gibt zwei Arten von Mitgliedschaften:
Wie funktioniert nun das Bezahlen und wie gelangt das Geld nach Sambia?
Ganz einfach. In Sambia gibt es ein Vereinskonto auf das alle Mitgliedsbeiträge und Spenden eingehen und über das alle Projektaktivitäten finanziert werden. Auf dieses Konto zahlen auch unsere sambischen Vereinsmitglieder ein. Für den Rest der Welt gibt es zwei Möglichkeiten der Zahlung der Mitgliedsbeiträge:
Bedenkt, dass die Kosten für die Überweisung der Mitgliedsbeiträge durch die Mitglieder zu tragen sind. Aus diesem Grunde haben wir auch den PayPal-Account eingerichtet, der für alle Mitglieder außerhalb Deutschlands eine sehr preiswerte Möglichkeit der Geldüberweisung darstellt.
Hmm…. Du fragst dich, warum alle Zahlungen über Accounts von Juliane Friedrich laufen? Dafür gibt es einen Grund: Direktüberweisungen der Mitgliedsbeiträge auf das sambische Konto würden zusätzliche unzumutbare Kosten aufgrund der hohen Transfergebühren für den Einzelnen nach sich ziehen. Wir haben über dieses Problem mit dem Vereinsvorstand gesprochen. Aus diesem Grunde wurde Juliane Friedrich durch die Mitgliederversammlung und den Vorstand die Verantwortung für Rekrutierung von Mitgliedern und die Verwaltung der Mitgliedschaften übertragen.
Juliane hat das Beitragskonto und den PayPal-Account, der direkt mit dem Vereinskonto verknüpft ist, eröffnet. Auf diesem Konto werden die eingehenden Mitgliedsbeiträge gesammelt. 2 bis 3 mal jährlich erfolgt dann die Überweisung größerer Summen nach Sambia. Die Transfergebühren werden durch Julaine getragen. Somit bleiben wir unserem Grundsatz treu, dass 100 % der Mitgliedsbeiträge in die PAF-Projekte fließen und keine administrativen Kosten anfallen.
Das Wichtigste ist gesagt … wir hoffen, euch an Bord der “MS Planting A Future” bgegrüßen zu können.
We have been announcing it for quite a while now. But TIA…you know how things are in Africa. IT just all works a bit slower than we are used to.
But finally we are so happy and proud to tell you now: Planting A Future is officially registered as NGO in Zambia and we had our Association’s founding meeting on 19 April 2016.
What does that mean now? Well…each and every one of you can now become a PAF member! Isn’t that great?
What do you have to do to become a member, you ask? Well…easy!
Click HERE to download the Statute, Contribution Rules and Membership Application Form
Read everything carefully! Don’t worry…it is not like a 60 pages paper 😉
Fill in the application form and sign it.
Scan the filled-in and signed form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wait for us to confirm your membership.
Transfer the annual contribution.
Wait for your tax receipt.
Wait…what? Annual contribution? Well yeah…that is the whole point of it 😉 Obviously your mental support means the world to us. But we do have to take care of so many things and you know that money rules the world. Sad, but true. And those annual contributions will help us creating a safe financial base to ensure that we can keep PAF running and finish our projects and plan ahead for the coming years.
So we do have different types of membership:
I know…none of you guys is a smoker, right? But just to do the math…its basically one pack of cigarettes per month. And this money can do so much in Zambia! So please just consider it and download the application form. We can’t wait to see the filled-in and signed ones coming in!
You wonder how payment shall work? Easy too. We are still working on our Zambian bank account. But that is only important for Zambian people. For the rest of the world we would reccommend using one of the following 2 ways for your payment:
Please be aware that there are fees when you transfer money into our bank or PayPal accounts. Those fees will have to be covered by you! We hope to make things easier for you with the PayPal account. It seems much cheaper for people outside Germany. The PayPal account is linked to our bank account and money will be kept there.
Hmm…both accounts are held by Julie? There is a reason for that: It is very important to know that at our fouding meeting it was decided that Julie will be in charge of recruiting members and administrating all memberships. That is why we have both, PayPal and the bank account in Germany, running in her name. But no worries, all money will go straight to Zambia! Transaction fees are very high. So we will collect the money in Germany for a while and do transfers to our Zambian account twice or three times per year. All transaction fees will be payed by Julie. That way we ensure that 100% of your contributions will go into PAF, no adminstrative fees.
All that being said…we hope to welcome you guys on board of “MS Planting A Future” very soon!
You know how Planting A Future started out, right? Supplying fruit trees to vulnerable households and institutions?
We still do that. Just recently Lloyd went on a little tour to Singwamba Primary School and Singwamba Clinic to deliver the donated trees.
As you can imagine everyone was really excited and curious. So lots of people gathered at both spots when Lloyd showed up. Lloyd took the time to explain everything about the new trees: how to plant, how to take care of the seedlings, how and when to water them.
The kids at Singwamba Primary School got a free gardening lesson as well. Lloyd showed them how to choose a good spot for their school’s orchard and where to plant each tree to benefit best. He also explained how to plan and do the digging and planting. So after theoretical knowledge was gained it was all about getting the hands dirty and plant and water the little trees. Each and everyone helped, full of enthusiasm. 🙂 Those little guys can’t wait to have juicy and yummy fruits for lunch!
But also the Singwamba Clinic recieved some seedlings. Especially for a clinic it is important to offer nutritious food to the patients. Malnutrition very often affects sick people even worse than healthy ones because the side effects of medication worsen too.
Lloyd helped the clinic’s staff to plant the trees and explained all about them. He put extra focus on the moringa seedlings because, as you might know, this superfood is used to treat so many diseases is very nutritious. So Lloyd talked a lot to the women at Singwamba Clinic to explain and educate about the importance and use of Moringa as food and medicine. Especially for the maternity wing it was a very interesting day.
What a day for Singwamba people! We are very happy to have started 2 orchards around there. In just a few months they will be able to harvest their first Moringa leaves. And soon the first home grown fruits will be served for the patients and kids 🙂
Planting A Future…well, we do that in many different ways. One of them, as you know, is literally planting a future by planting fruit trees to hand out to vulnerable households and institutions.
But you can also plant a future by enabling kids to have access to education. Poverty level in rural Zambia is high. Also our community in and around Chinkonono Village depends on farming and a lot of times families have 5 or more kids and can not afford to pay school fees for all of them.
Planting A Future decided to start a school sponsorship programme for those families. That means we are looking for sponsors who want to support kids and their families by providing the funds to pay for the children’s school fees.
Those kids are just a few of the children who need financial support to attend school. Their parents and families struggle everyday to raise enough money to send their kids to school. Some of those kids are orphans or come from HIV families. Education is their key to change their lives.
There are different type of sponsorships possible. I will explain the basics for you now. Important to know is that there are always 3 semesters per year.
Primary School Level:Grade 1 to 7. The small ones basically get free education. They only have to pay for sports classes. So the fees are low. 15 USD (15 EUR) per year. The money will be spent on sports classes and school materials like books and pencils and also for school uniforms.
Basic School Level: Grade 8 and 9. The school fees for those guys is 15 USD (15 EUR) per term, that adds up t 45 USD (45 EUR) per year. The money will be used on school fees for each term and also for school materials, such as books, pencils, rulers etc. and school uniforms.
Secondary School Level: Grade 10 to 12. Those kids are preparing for their highschool diploma. This course is more expensive. It varies from about 120 USD to 160 USD (120 EUR to 160 EUR) per term, which can add up to roughlich 360 USD to 400 USD (360 EUR to 400 EUR) per year. School fees in generel get more expensive later on, so do books and school materials like calculators etc. Also included is money for accommodation and food for some kids because they live too far away and have to stay at boarding school or with relatives. But those costs are covered as well.
College Education: College education in Zambia is very expensive. So far none of “our” PAF kids is at college. Fees, including a room and food, can easily go up to about 3000 USD (3000 EUR) per year. We will find out about those costs on request if we find sponsors.
Please think about it. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the kids above or one of our other kids, please take a minute to contact us here:
We will gladly suggest a kid for you to sponsor. There are so many of them.
You know all those huge programmes, I guess. You pay a lot of money and you have no idea who the kid is who recieves it? You fear that a high percentage of what you pay just goes into the charity’s administration? Well…we can not speak for other charities. But I can assure your that 100% of the money goes straight to the kid you choose to sponsor. There are no administrational costs here.
Of course you will also get a tax receipt for the sponsorship. And you will recieve info about who the kid is and how they do in school if you want to know.
Please help us to plant a bright future for those kids! Thank you all in advance!
Help us give children like James a future. Thank you so much to Stan who now sponsors 6 children in our community!