Vinkubala, a Zambian Snack

People these days go crazy about healthy and organic food or superfood. All that for the “western world” is very expensive while in places like Chinkonono it is so easy to get.

One of our coordinators, Wesley (Lloyd’s brother), has sent some pics and info about one of the village’s favourite snacks: Vinkubala…caterpillars.

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Lots of yummy colourful caterpillars…a healthy snack

What? Yeah..caterpillars. What sounds like the most stereotype thing to say about Africa is actually a very, very healthy part of PAF members’ diet.

In Chinkonono those caterpillars are called Vinkubala. Wesley set out to catch them to bring home a surprise for his family for New Years Day.

As you can see the kids went crazy about them.

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Digging in

 

Those caterpillars can be found in some trees in the field around December and January. It is mostly a popular relish or snack around Southern Region.

Vinkubala provide the body with a lot of proteins, vitamines and many more nutrients. That is why during the 2 months people try to eat as many as they can. They are a valuable and important addition to the regular diet. Even the Zambian government recommends eating caterpillars.

As you can imagine, thinking of caterpillars, most kids at first are a bit hesitant and even scream when they see or touch them for the first time. But on the other hand they are more than eager to have them.

 

How to eat vinkubala, you ask? Well…obviously you put them in a dish and kids will try sort out the biggest ones for themselves first. 😉 Then you have to get the outer shell off and remove the insides. Apply some salt, let them sit there for a few hours or a day. Then they are ready to be fried or cooked. You can add any ingredients you see fit.

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Yummy?! 😉

Would you eat them? 😉

 

Vinkubala, a Zambian Snack

A Long-Awaited Visitor ;)

Finally! Julie made it back to Zambia after 2 years. And guess where she went: Chinkonono Village of course!

Check our awesome new Slideshow to see what happened in the village and what progress we made while Julie was there:

Julie had a big To-Do-List to check 😉 As you know we have been announcing a market place and kitchen for ages. So we planned to get both structures roofed within that week. We managed for the kitchen. So that is good. The market we only could do half because we lacked grass to that the roof the traditional Tonga way. But we are confident that it will be done very soon.

Also our building that houses the library and sewing room for now was supposed to be painted nicely. Unfortunately there was a lot of plastering to do to fix dents and window sills. But Jason and Albert worked hard. So with a slight delay the ladies, Julie, Wesley and many other hands could start painting.

For the rooms we chose water-based white paint and for the lower part white oil paint so we can wash of prints of dirty kids’ hands 😉 Door and window frames are painted in a dark green. For the front wall and pillars outside we chose white oil paint to be able to wash them too. Also Wesley and Julie practiced their sign writer skills and wrote Planting A Future onto the top part of the front wall.

What can I say? It looks beautiful and bright and people can see it from afar. Our members are so proud, especially the women. They say that nobody has a nicely painted wall our house at home. And to quote Media: “Not all men’s work has to be done by men only. We can do that too!”…she refers to the whole painting job, which was very interesting and exciting for our ladies.

But now lean back and take 12 minutes to watch the Slideshow! Please share if you like it! 🙂

A Long-Awaited Visitor ;)

Now Let The Games Begin!

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have just begun. Almost 3 weeks of sports, the finest athletes in the world compete for the golden medals. Millions of people watching all sorts of sports on TV or live in Rio.

 

Keep your fingers crossed for the Zambian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Keep your fingers crossed for the Zambian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

 

We are happy to see that 7 athlets made it to Team Zambia at the Olympics this year. They will compete in 4 different sports.

Judo: Mathews Punza

Boxing: Benny Muziyo Muziyo

Swimming: Jade Howard and Ralph Goveia Assafrao

Athletics: Kabange Mupopo and Jordan Chipangama and Gerald Phiri

 

We will definitely keep our fingers crossed and cheer for the Zambian athletes! GO ZAM!!

Now Let The Games Begin!

Sei dabei und werde Mitglied!!

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:

  1. Klicke HIER und downloade die Vereinssatzung, die Beitragsordnung und den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft.
  2. Lies dir alles genau durch… keine Angst es handelt sich hier nicht um 60 Seiten.
  3. Fülle den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft aus und unterschreibe ihn.
  4. Scanne das unterschriebene Exemplar ein und schicke es an plantingafuture@gmail.com.
  5. Warte auf die Bestätigung deiner Mitgliedschaft.
  6. Überweise den Mitgliedsbeitrag.
  7. Du erhältst deine Mitgliedsbescheinigung und deine Spendenquittung.

 

Alle Unterlagen auf Deutsch zum Download
Alle Unterlagen auf Deutsch zum Download

 

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:

Arten der Mitgliedschaft
Arten der Mitgliedschaft

 

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:

Unser Konto in Deutschland und der entsprechende PayPal Account, damit Leute außerhalb Deutschlands Transaktionskosten sparen können
Unser Konto in Deutschland und der entsprechende PayPal Account, damit Leute außerhalb Deutschlands Transaktionskosten sparen können

 

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.

Sei dabei und werde Mitglied!!

PAF School Sponsorship Programme

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

PAF School Sponsorship Programme

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)

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!
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school

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!

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)