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 kidsΒ 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? πŸ˜‰
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 friendsΒ Repairer of the BreachΒ 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 πŸ˜‰ Now add someΒ 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 πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰

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

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 πŸ˜‰

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

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

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 πŸ˜‰ Since we lack a real one, we put some Elephant Flower…you know: attitude is everything πŸ˜‰

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! ❀

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

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. πŸ˜‰ 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?! πŸ˜‰

Would you eat them? πŸ˜‰

 

Vinkubala, a Zambian Snack

Chilling at the Beach? … Oh no ;)

How time flies…almost one week ago Bruni arrived at Zambia and went to Chinkonono Village. The first 2 days, as you know, Lloyd stayed in Kalomo to deal with some paperwork and organize building materials and cement.

But don’t think Bruni was just sitting down and enjoying the sun. Well…she might have done that once in a while, having a coffee πŸ˜‰ But she also went around and met lots of new people and old friends.

Bruni inspecting the greenhouse and seedlings
Bruni inspecting the greenhouse and seedlings

 

So lots of stories were exchanged and lots of places visited. Of course our PAF crew and Bruni took care of our little breadfruit seedlings and made sure they were all put into planting bags and being watered. So no worries…they are all fine and getting used to their new home! πŸ™‚

Also Bruni visited the construction site of our new building. She had a proper look at what we achieved so far and talked to the guys in charge about the next steps and how to best get the flooring and plastering done when Lloyd comes back with the materials.

 

Obviously everyone is eager to learn from new things from Bruni and she willingly shares all she knows with our PAF crew. But it is a give and take, like everywhere in life. So she is learning a lot of new things too.

We can’t wait to hear more about what is happening down there in Zambia. What about you? πŸ˜‰

Chilling at the Beach? … Oh no ;)

The German Zambian Adventure has begun ;)

So…I know you guys are all eager to know if all went well with Bruni and the plants. And I can tell you now: It did! πŸ™‚

See for yourself:

Lloyd and Bruni with the breadfruit babies...all well and healthy
Lloyd and Bruni with the breadfruit babies…all well and healthy

Tired and exhausted after more than 19 hours of traveling Bruni got to Livingstone at around noon today. Lloyd had some difficulties finding a car to pick her up at the airport. But as things are in Africa all worked out. Also Grime was there to welcome her because he had some paperwork to do for PAF and did not want to miss the chance be one of the first to see Bruni again πŸ˜‰

So after the first warm hugs obviously everyone wanted to see how our breadfruit babies were doing. And what can I say? They all looked healthy and green and well.

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Happy smiles πŸ™‚

Having checked on that and a little rest they all went to a big supermarket to buy some food for the time in the village. If you guys knew the road conditions…you would probably buy food for a whole months πŸ˜‰ But Bruni had a well prepared shopping list because she might or might not plan to show some exquisite German cooking skills πŸ˜‰

So late afternoon they took the car to make their way to Kalomo first. And…TIA…not even an hour after leaving Livingstone they had a breakdown with the car. Nothing happened and everyone and everything is fine. But it delayed them quite a bit.

 

But finally they made it all to Kalomo. Bruni, the plants and Grime already left for Chinkonono Village and hit the probably bumpiest “road” (if you dare calling it a road) you can imagine. Lloyd stayed in Kalomo because there still is some money business to deal with so we can buy cement, paint and building materials to finish up our sewing room and library. He will be going to the village as soon as possible when things are sorted out in town.

So for now…we will have to see and wait for any news from Zambia. Nobody knows if and when they will find networt…but latest end of April we will feed you bit by bit with everything that happened πŸ˜‰ So stay tuned…

The German Zambian Adventure has begun ;)