A Christmas To Remember

It is again the end of year and everyone and most people are feasting and partying. Chinkonono village was not left behind again. Our PAF member Bruni from Germany made sure the PAF crew celebrated. So Bruni donated money for the event.

Just look at how happy our PAF kidsย Orsborn, Allan, Ryton, Cyford, Ruth and Told are!

It was supposed to be a PAF family get together, but when the village got wind of it they, too, invited themselves. I mean, who wouldn’t if there is food involved? ๐Ÿ˜‰
This was quite a challenge to adapt to: from planning for 40 people to 160 now. But as it is with PAF, no one was turned away and miraculasly everyone had his fill of food, drink, laughter, joy and music.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!

But as you all know, a party does not prepare itself or little elves come and do it. So of course our members had a lot of work to do before the feasting.

First of all we had to decide where the food should be served and we were lucky enough that we could use the building that our dear friendsย Repairer of the Breachย built near to PAF Center, the Brain Shapers Learning Center Zambia. Thank you so much, guys!!

Well…some decoration had to be organized. Funnily enough the men took care of that part. Lloyd, Patrick, Effeso and Phillip sat down and used what they had in their gardens to make the room look nicely. We are talking about banana leaves which were being cut into a “Merry Xmas” lettering by Lloyd. Just take some white paper and glue….tadaaaa ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now add someย of thosepoor man roses, the bagavarias. The deep purple reddish hues will lighten the Christmas mood. Doesn’t look too bad, does it?

Now the major thing everybody was looking forward to: FOOD ๐Ÿ˜‰
Our PAF ladies spent hours and hours cooking in our community kitchen at PAF Center. Rice had to be cooked, nsima had to be stirred and stirred and stirred. And if any of you ever tried cooking nsima, you will know what hard work that is. Also some goat stew and chicken were prepared, scones baked and drinks served.
Just imagine you would have to cook for 160 people, who initially were supposed to be only 40 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ladies, good job!! You guys rock! A big twalumba to Jane, Rosa, Venulli, Bina Bra, Bina Fortune and the rest of our PAF heroines ๐Ÿ™‚

Before food was being served Patrick showed us his geeky dance to pass some time while the ladies were cooking.

Meanwhile…preperations went on, heavy loads to carry ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Looks quite heavy…come on guys, it’s just some rice ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just enjoy our PAF ladies and some kids marching in to the sounds of “My African Dream” ๐Ÿ™‚

And then…then…the waiting had an end and finally food was served. Everyone was in such a good mood.

But even serving the food turned out to be hard work…just look at those plates! Incredible! Also make sure you check out our “Christmas Tree” Zambian style ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since we lack a real one, we put some Elephant Flower…you know: attitude is everything ๐Ÿ˜‰

And then the feasting began. Everyone enjoyed a day full of laughter and fun…and a full belly.

In summary what was meant to be a PAF get together ended up as a village party and left everyone happy and satisfied. It was so lively and colourful that it was a Christmas to remember.

Thank you, Bruni! Twalumba! โค

PAF is wishing everyone a Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Go, 2018!

Thank you and Twalumba to all our members, donors, supporters, friends and crew! Without all you guys PAF would not be happening!

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A Christmas To Remember

Zambian Fashion Week

Ladies and Gentlemen….welcome to Zambian Fashion Week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Our PAF ladies are working hard to learn how to tailor and sew, also to learn about fabrics and threads and cutting…long story short: our girls learn how to make clothes. Fun fact: Lloyd does too ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can imagine that there is a lot of fun involved.

 

The first shirt our members designed and sewed is Zambian-themed! Turned out quite good, didn’t it? Lloyd already loves it!

First PAF shirt “Zambia”…fantastic work

Thank you again to our friends from Repairer of the Breach for sponsoring the sewing machines! You guys really help changing lives by creating jobs and a source of income.

Now it is all about finishing the building for our sewing and show room. Work in progress…more updates on that one soon.

Zambian Fashion Week

PAF women thank our donors for the sewing machines…and sing and dance

As you guys might have noticed…in the past days we recieved a generous donation from Repairer of the Breach Inc. to buy 2 sewing machines.

This morning Lloyd sent a video he took at Chinkonono Village. It shows our PAF ladies dancing and singing full of joy.

They are so happy and sing about all the development this generous act will bring and that it will help end poverty. They thank our donors.

Also those smart ladies took their chance and have been smuggling in all their fabrics and first tailoring attempts ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sneaky. But our PAF collection will be en vogue soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ We can’t wait to see more.

PAF women thank our donors for the sewing machines…and sing and dance

The Lwiindi Ceremony

As you all know in Africa there are a lot of different traditional ceremonies throughout the year. Of course in Zambia there are various ceremonies too.

Now Planting A Future was invited to the Lwiindi Ceremony. It is ย a big honor for us to exhibit there, especially because Chief Nyawa himself invited us. The organizers say we will be there from October 1st to 3rd. But we will update you on the exact dates once we know.

So Lloyd took some time to explain a bit about the ceremony. He interviewed the village headman Sianyama. Listen to what he says:

And this is what Lloyd explains about Lwiindi:

Lwiindi is a traditional ceremony held anually among the Tonga. There are 3 types of lwiindi: Lwiindi of Chief Monze which is held at Gonde near Monze. Lwiindi of Chief Mukuni and Lwiindi Mweenze bbwe.

Lwiindi mweenze bbwe is held among the Tongas of Chief Nyawa. This is the chiefdom where Chinkonono village is located. So this is the ceremony where Planting A Future was invited to exhibit breadfruit and other tree seedling we rais at our nursery.

Chief Nyawa and his henchman
Chief Nyawa and his henchman

It will be held from September 1st to November 3rd at the Chief’s palaca at Mabwa. At this event the Chief will lead his subjects in thanking ancestral spirits for giving them food.

A beer called lwiindi is brewed and the Chief also being the chief priest or the intermediary between the ancestral spirits and the people pour libation on the grave of the very first Chief Nyawa.

This grave is located near a big rock believed to be the home of ancestral spirits. The name of the rock is Guta bbwe mweenze, literally meaning Guta the male rock. The rock is iconic in itself. It is a huge flat rock with prints of animal hooves and human footprints engraved on the rock’s surface.

After celebrations and recieving gifts from his subjects the Chief leads his subjects to Guta. Once there he will pray to the ancestors thanking them for a good harvest, rains and protection from deseases and enemies. And thereafter he will pour the lwiindi beer on the grave while saying incantations to ancestral spirits.

After performing these rituals the Chief will lead his subjects back to the village to feast and dance.

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traditional dancing
leaders' dance
leaders’ dance
women dancing at Lwiindi ceremony
women dancing at Lwiindi ceremony
The Lwiindi Ceremony