Time flies, folks. Bruni is already back from her 10-days trip to Chinkonono. We are currently working on another slideshow for you guys to see what happened and also some other cool surprises.
But what we can do for now to make the wait worthwhile we want to show you a little tour around PAF Center. Bruni will guide you around and talk about it. It is in German language, but we added the English subtitles for you guys.
Hope you enjoy and are as proud as we are about what happened there in the past years and how far we have already come.
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.
Plastering the new toilet building
This will look great
Things have to be done properly
Work in progress
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:
Working on the wood for the doors
Special Zambian way to check the doors 😉 😀
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.
Wesley in Kalomo, toilet shopping 😉
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 😉
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 😉 And I mean…look it the toilets! Don’t they look awesome? Who wouldn’t wanna go use them? 😉
Thanks to all who donated funds and labour towards this very important project!!! 🙂
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! 🙂
African markets….what image do you have in your mind when you think of an African market? Bright colours, smiles, women carrying baskets on their heads, lots of people rushing through, bargaining and talking, laughter, animals running around…well, fair enough. It is not that far off reality.
In African societies a market is a place where people meet and interact. It serves as the socialising agent and fosters togetherness. While its primary objective is to provide a place where people can trade or buy and sell products and services, a market is a very important aspect of communal life.
In our village, people have to walk several kilometers to Nguba and Singwamba to sell or buy basis products like soap, salt , food and medicines. This will be a thing of the past as a communal market is under construction at our PAF center.
We are building it, using local materials such as logs, grass and mud. It will be made of Mubanga Tree logs or Iron Tree so that the market building can last for more than fifty years.
And to quote Lloyd here: “Remember, it is traditional building skills being exploited here and no strange stuff like cement or bricks.” … and right he is 😉
Quite a bit of work is going on as you can see in the picture.
Our technician on the site, Mr Epheso Mulwani, is busy mobilising PAF members and volunteers to build the market…and working on it together is the first step of creating a communal togetherness. It will be “our” market and people will be even more proud of it once it is finished.
Check this video Lloyd sent me to see what Epheso and Lloyd are explaining about the way the market is built and what materials we use:
Knowing we talk about Africa I wouldn’t rely on the 8 days 😉 But we will push things to finish it as soon as possible.
Please check back on our blog and see how we do it here in Chinkonono. We will keep you posted.
Time moves in a different speed in Africa 😉 So also our construction of the first building of our PAF Community Center takes longer than we expected. But lacking money most of the time we have to take things step by step.
Doors, windows and furniture are still missing. But we did put the roofing of our veranda on now. Looks like an easy thing to do? Well…it might if you have access to proper tools and machines. But we don’t…so we do it the Zambian way 😉
Check it out! Lloyd explains how the guys are doing it.
And also we do have some insight views…literally…on how the plastering works out in Zambia!
You heard about TIA…This Is Africa 😉 Everything seems to be working in a slower pace, so does our construction side for the sewing room and library. But eventually we will get there. It is all in the making and we are hoping to finish the building very soon, and still according to our building schedule. It is just a rough task to construct a building with close to no financial means. But we wouldn’t be Planting a Future if that would throw us back.
Are you as curious about it as I was? Well…I could convince Lloyd to send us some pics and reveal the big secret. Checkt that:
You know that we actually planned on constructing 2 separate buildings for sewing room and library. Due to some chronic shortage of money we decided to set up both in the same building until we find the financial means to construct a second building.
The building measurs 6m x 6m. There will be 2 rooms in the building. The bigger one will temporarily be used as library and reading room. The smaller one will be occupied by our PAF ladies to store materials and the sewing machines and sell and display clothes they tailor. For the time being they will sew and tailor outside. This also creates quieter environment inside for kids to read and study.
We hope to get the roofing fixed by end of next week, so that we can start flooring and plastering the week after. Then its only painting left.
We recieved a generous donation from Bruni so that we can buy some cement and paint to finish things up. Thank you so so much! We already bought some timber to have furniture made. So we are planning to have 12 chairs and 3 medium-sized tables. But still we are looking to raise money for doors, windows and shelves.
So very soon we will be able to move all the books into the new building. Though we are still facing the problem of light inside the building because we do not have power to install lamps. So if anyone has a smart idea how to get bright lighting inside that suffices for reading and doesn’t require electricity…feel free to contact us about it.
Thanks again to Murray and everyone who donated and sent us books so far!
Also we are very happy to announce that our dear friends from Repairer of the Breach donated another sewing machine for our ladies. So soon we will be able to work with 3 machines. We are humbled and so grateful.