From Bush to Village Center … Our New Latrines

Three years ago Chinkonono had no real center at all. Things and places throughout the village were widely spread and people would only gather at houses to do business. Chinkonono had to rely on other villages and town (Kalomo) for its daily needs. People had to go to Nguba to mill their maize and buy groceries such as salt, sugar and soap. They had to go to town to get their clothes mended and buy fruit tree seedlings.

This drastically changed and is no longer the state of affairs as Planting A Future has shaken things up. We have created a village center where people can access their groceries on PAF market place, mill their maize for little money with our own hammer mill or get their fruit tree seedlings.

Also we now provide instructions on agriculture skills, such as horticulture and gardening. Quite a number of people from Chinkonono and surrounding villages visit PAF Center.

Of course you can imagine that this was impacting the environment negatively and it had prompted PAF management to improve sanitation by constructing toilets, which will be used by both, PAF personell and clients.

So we have been working hard on constructing a building for the toilets, making bricks and plastering.

Of course we wanted to make sure no it looks nice as well, so we had our carpenters make some beautiful wooden doors for us. Check that:

To be precises, we are talking about 2 semi-waterborne latrines with nice porcelain toilet bowl. PAF members will make sure the toilets will be kept maintained and cleaned at all times.

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Wesley in Kalomo, toilet shopping ๐Ÿ˜‰

As it always is when guys work hard…they needed some heavy lunch. Now guess what was on the menu! You know it? Nsima sourmilk porridge ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Hard work needs some good lunch ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

As for now we are only left with finishing the interior and the installing the porceain toilet bowls. The mere existance of those toilets is good news to all visitors and PAF members as no one will seek the sanctuary of an hidden spot with sky view to answer the call of nature ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I mean…look it the toilets! Don’t they look awesome? Who wouldn’t wanna go use them? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our PAF Center toilets

Thanks to all who donated funds and labour towards this very important project!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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From Bush to Village Center … Our New Latrines

A Morning Walk in Chinkonono

Follow Lloyd on a brief morning walk in Chinkonono and let those chirping birds bewitch you with their songs!

Each golden morning being serenaded by thousands birds of all kinds!

And the bees buzzing in thorn trees.
A Morning Walk in Chinkonono

Hare Hunting in Chinkonono

It’s been St. Martin’s Day all over the world and people went to get some nice goose meat to feast.

But where do you get your meat, especially red meat in the bush in the middle of nowhere? The nearest mall or meat market is 60km away from Chinkonono. You have to hike and hope to hitchhike on a maize truck, paying maybe $2 to reach town. After this challenging trip you buy a kilo of steak if you can afford it.

But seriously…would you if hares and impalas (they call them the fast food of the bush because of their speed and the McDonalds m on their butts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) were available in nearby bushes? No? Well, our PAF people and villagers don’t either.

So when a family craves for meat the boys mobilise themselves and whistle the dogs to combat.ย Theboys doing the hunting are from PAF families. The older one is Kankido. He usually leads the hunt and is very skilled and experienced and thus a good teacher for the younger men.

These troops spread into in the bush and within just a few hours they have fresh meat. It takes a bit of skills and patience. But it mostly pays off.

Just check out this short video about how they do it:

While, who needs a mall and fridge when fresh meat roams the neighbourhood?

Hare Hunting in Chinkonono

PAF Independence Day Football Tournament 2017

October 24th…sounds like any other day to you? Well, in Zambia it is an important holiday: Independence Day. People from all walks of life gather to commemorate this day the country was liberated from colonial rule.

PAF organised a football tournament in order to bring the youths together to celebrate. Four u17 teams, drawn from the Youth League, were invited. Among them, of course, was our own sponsored team, the PAF Warriors. Beside the PAF Warriors we hosted Green Eagles, Green Buffaloes and Supa Power. All those teams were formed from youths of Chinkonono and the surrounding villages.

But before the tournament could start, as it is custom with all big championships, the national anthem has been sung:

Of course there was something to win for the best teams. Our dear friends fromย The Butterfly Treeย donated some football equipment, such as a new ball, a set of socks and a goalkeeper jersey. Thank you so so much. A lot of smiles and sparkling eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

As you might have guessed, the boys were competing hard to go home with the first prize. And what can I say? Our PAF Warriors won the tournament and recieved the ball and 300 kwacha. Second place went to Green Buffaloes who won themselves a set of socks and 200 kwacha. The Green Eagles went home with third place, the goalkeeper jersey and 100 kwacha.

The day was full of exciting football games.ย  As it is with all gatherings of such nature a goat and veggies were on the menu for officials, players and fans. You can imagine how much fun everyone had.

But apart from all that we wouldn’t be PAF if we’d leave it at that. Interested people could also get information about essential things like how to stay safe from HIV infections or about self-reliance through agriculture.

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the crowd ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

PAF Independence Day Football Tournament 2017

Milling around the clock

Not long ago we happily announced the purchase of our newย hammer mill. And apparently word about it spread like wildfire in the neighbouring villages. Everyday people from different villages, more or less far away, come to Chinkonono to get their maize milled. They literally line up at PAF Center.

 

At the moment we still keep the mill under a temporary shelter made of wood. But the actual building we construct to keep the mill safe will be done soon.

We also found a 20-year-old strong man who will be our PAF miller. His job is to coordinate the usage of the mill and do the milling for people who bring their maize. Also he is responsible to keep the mill safe and working. Now meet our Steven:

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this young man is our PAF miller: Steven

 

So as you can see our mill is milling basically around the clock. That is good for PAF because we can raise some funds for our upcoming and running projects. But mainly we are focused on making life easier for our villagers and the people of the Chinkonono region.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on what is going on in Chinkonono. There are still big things planned…

 

Milling around the clock

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

Long time, long time. I know it has been quiet on here. But PAF did not stand still. We were working on a few projects. We have been moving our greenhouses to the PAF Center and we are currently building latrines there.

Also you might have been wondering what we are using the money for that has been donated and that we raise through our supporting members all over the world. Well…our newest “baby” in Chinkonono is a Diesel-powered hammer mill. You can’t imagine what an event it was for people in the village when the mill arrived by truck late at night ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Our staple food in Zambia is Nsima, a thick maize meal porridge. Before it is nsima the maize has to be milled. A 25kg bag of factory milled maize meal costs 65 kwacha (about 7,50 USD) in town. The villagers can’t access this and can’t afford it. So as PAF we didn’t want to be left out.

Hence we bought a hammer mill to mill the village maize and give PAF an income. The maize meal commonly known as hammer mill is a Diesel-propelled machine comprising of two parts, namely the engine and the mill. The engine drives the mill and the hammers strike and crush the maize grains into powder. This powder is our highly treasured mealie meal, which we use to cook the thick porridge and Nsima.

We bought a 20 horsepower machine at 16,500 kwacha (about 1,900 USD). That might sound like a lot of money. But doing the easy math it will be worth it and make life much easier. There was no hammer mill in the village or anywhere close by. Hence woman had to walk to other, far away villages to have their maize milled. ย Each 15kg of maize will be milled at 5 kwacha. Our target is to raise 250 kwacha (about 29 USD) each day.

 

That way it is much more convenient for the women because no more walking far distances. Also milling it in the village is cost effective and makes it much easier for us to enjoy our beloved nsima.

I bet you want to see the mill running, don’t you? Check that:

From the proceeds we will be able to raise money to build our library and conference hall, meet running logistics and sponsor one or two kids.ย The milling will also provide employment for one boy and will shorten walking distances for everyone.

But of course you can’t have that mill just standing around like that. Even in Chinkonono that is not possible. That’s why we decided to construct a building to house the mill. And what can I say…our PAF members have been working hard and are almost done with it now:

 

So you see…things are moving for Chinkonono and PAF. Thank you so much to our supporting members and donors all over the world! You guys really make a change in people’s lives! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono