PAF Library…a place to escape to Fantasy Land :)

You know people say that education is the key and reading educates. Well…it is true. So one of our main objectives at PAF is to educate our villagers, both kids and adults. Building a library was one of our top priorities. By now it is open everyday and as you can imagine people come and read all the time.

As by today we have 260 books in stock, most for kids and teenagers but also some for adults. Topics range from science to novels and kids stories. We are trying to offer books in English and Chitonga.

Most are educational books with topics on agriculture, geography, science, literature, religion and health. But of course fictional books are not missing in our library. People can read novels like Harry Potter or Robert Ludrum in English. But also Tonga books like Tuli Bayuni (We are Birds).

The library is open to everyone in Chinkonono and the surrounding villages. People can come and read books inside or sit outside and enjoy the sun while diving into another world. Insides we have 2 kids reading tables along with 8 kids chairs and also 1 adult reading table with 2 adult chairs. I know…it sounds very small. And you are right, it is. But for now that is the best we can do. And lets be honest…the books is what matters most. And also people can of course borrow books for 2 days and read them at home.

But what am I telling you here? Let Lloyd take you on a little tour through our small library:

And yes…just like in any proper library, we do have a new librarian. Obert Milandu is taking care of the library and is giving out books and making sure they are all being returned.

Hey, if you want to come by and read a book…our opening ours are:

  • Week Days:Β  Β  Β  14:00hrs to 17:30hrs
  • Weekends:Β  Β  Β  Β 08:00hrs to 17:30hrs

Thanks to all those kind donations, especially from Australia,Β our kids and adults are now in tune with the rest of the world. And I mean…who of us can say he never got lost in the magical world of Harry, Hermionie and Ron? We are so glad that Chinkonono people now can too. This library is making such a big difference and impact on people’s lives.

 

Since lots of adults in the villages don’t know how to read and speak English we are working hard to get Chitonga books. But we also still plan to set up English courses for adults.

I know…good read so far and you are waiting for the catch. And I don’t want to disappoint you here πŸ˜‰ As you can imagine, books are not easy to come by in the Zambian bush. So we kindly ask for your help. If you have any spare books and want to send them to us to stock up our library, please feel free to do so. Since we plan to expand the library there is still space in the shelves to fill. Asking for money is always something that feels bad, but of course you can also donate and we will buy books for PAF library.

Postal addresse:
Planting A Future
P.O. Box 620288
Kalomo
ZAMBIA
Let’s work hand in hand to help our Chinkonono people to get access to literature and books. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this and maybe considering a book donation πŸ™‚
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PAF Library…a place to escape to Fantasy Land :)

Future PAF members in the making – Books to teach them the skills ;)

Education is a universal human right and books play an important part in attaining it. Books are scarse in Zambian schools. Usually the “pupil to book ratio” is 1 to 4, so one book for 4 kids…This is worse in homes as village homes never stock books.

To provide books for kids PAF has come up with a plan for a village library. Our library room will be ready very soon as furniture is being made.Β Thanks to good-hearted people out there we sometimes recieve books for our kids.

This timeΒ our friends from Australia have donated books to stock up the library. Thanks to Guama School, Liane Hornig and all who have donated books. Twalumba! πŸ™‚ You brought a lot of smiles to the village and our kids!

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

The books cover all aspects of life relevant to kids all over the world. We received books for entertainment and education. All aspects of learning have been catered for, such as subjects like History, Geography, Science and Crafts…but also a lot of story books.

Books for the library
Books for the library

So when you visit PAF library be assured that you will find adventures of Alice in Wonderland and books on how to grow potatoes or how to sew a shirt.

Apart from kids books our library has novels ranging from wild west adventures to The Book Thief.

A lot of books are still needed and our humble appeal from our well wishers is to continue helping us. Thank you so much!

Future PAF members in the making – Books to teach them the skills ;)

PAF Reading Circle

Ever been attending a book club? Reading a book and talking about it, analyzing it and interpreting it. Well…we do have a PAF reading circle in Chinkonono now. Well…it is probably not quite as professional and conversations might not be as deep. But our kids gather at our PAF Center regularly after school to read books and exchange stories they read.

Thanks to our friends and donors like Murray and Niki those kids finally have access to books and can practice reading, the english language and most importantly kick-start their creativity and imagination. It is amazing to see their sparkling eyes focus on the pages. You can really see them diving right into their stories πŸ™‚

And who knows…maybe some day one of those kids will start writing their own story or book πŸ˜‰

On a side note: We are still trying to solve the problem of lights inside the library. We hope to raise funds for solar panels so that we can install solar powered lights inside the building and thus enable them to also read inside. We are working on it πŸ™‚

PAF Reading Circle

We are getting there…construction in progress :)

Meanwhile…our new sewing room and libray almost look like a house now. We are so happy about the progress and can’t wait to officially open the building for our PAF members and community.

 

And finally hard work pays off…James Silubo’s roasted maize for lunch! So worth the sweat πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your lunch!

The guys in town have been loading cement on the truck to Chinkonono Village so that we can now start with the floor.

Loading cement on the truck
Loading cement on the truck
We are getting there…construction in progress :)

Brick by Brick

You heard about TIA…This Is Africa πŸ˜‰ 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:

Proud "daddy" ;)
Proud “daddy” πŸ˜‰

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.

Soon those books dind their new home
Soon those books dind their new home

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.

Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Brick by Brick

Books…Lost in Fantasies

As some of you may be aware 75 percent of Zambian families live on less than a dollar a day. This situation makes it impossible for families to have three meals a day, buy clothes and have a decent shelter.

As people struggle to satisfy the most urgent needs, buying books and educating their children very often becomes a luxury they can not afford.
It is rare to find a book in homes.

Most of the timed a child’s first encounter with a book is at school where they learn how to read but only have access to books for a small amount of time.
Schools don’t have an adequate supply of books, so kids have to share them:Β  one book for ten pupils or worse.

But last week it was a very happy day for our Chinkonono kids. Thanks to tour Austtalian friend Murray our community now does have a variety of books. Murray asked around qith his friends and at local schools to donate books and then sent them to Zambia.

Just look at all those sparkling eyes!

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Our village kids will now be able to read books for education and entertainment outside school.

The donation of story books is a very big development. It will make books accessible to kids in the village. As we all know that early introduction to books helps an individual to learn and it also exposes readers to more ideas and experiences and helps to ignite fantasy anf creativity.

Also we plan to extend the library with novels and education books for adults so that we can also teach women and men how to read and read English. Unfortunate there is a high number of adults who can barely read at all or do not know the English language. That way we will try to literate them and help increasing their job chances and change lives.

It was such a wonderful day seeing all those angels smilling. Also we were choosing the chairperson, secretary and librarian of our small library.

Right now the books are being stored at Lloyds house until we finish the building. At the moment we do not have the financial means to build two seperate buildings for library and sewing room. So for now both projects will be located in the same building. But due to the noise of our twittering ladies we will try to build a second building for the library so that people can read in a quiet environment.

We are transporting the last bricks now. The building is on window level and we hope to put the roof on next week. Of course we will need shelves and furniture. So Lloyd already bought some wood and timber.

Keep checking back on us to see the process.

Thank you again to Murray and all the generous donors! No way we get the kids outside to play these days…everyone wants to read πŸ˜‰ This changes lives!

Books…Lost in Fantasies