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! 🙂
Whoa…now look at that!!! Somebody made a new photo slideshow of Bruni’s visit and impressions of Chinkonono Village, PAF activities and the warmth and joy of our Zambian community!
Check the slideshow to get a glimpse of what Bruni experienced and of what is going on for Planting A Future with the new breadfruit seedlings, the first building of our new community center, the first moringa harvest, our village primary school and all our lovely PAF members 🙂
It is definitely worth 9 minutes of your time…we will take you on a little break from reality and invite you to join us in the middle of nowhere, far away from all stress and hectic.
Now lean back and enjoy! 🙂
Please share if you like what you see! Spread the word!
We are happy to announce that we have a new supporter on board. This time it is a big fish: Theatersport Berlin.
They are one of the most famous and popular improv theatre companies in Germany. For more than 20 years those guys perform their shows every week in Berlin and at various improv festivals all over the world.
You wonder how Planting A Future and an improv theatre company come to partner? Well…maybe you should know that improv theatre means that the actors do not rehearse. They just jump on stage and ask the audience for suggestions like places, genres, music styles, authors, centuries, relationships between people, jobs…and then it goes 5-4-3-2-1-GO! And a scene starts. They just make up everything that happens on stage. Their motto is “We don’t know what we play, we only know that we will play”.
Makes a lot of sense if you connect that to Planting A Future, right? We improvise a lot too. We do have ideas and plans, but we don’t always know how to get there. So we just take what life throws at us and make the best of it. At the end of the day we do achieve what we aimed at.
How we got in touch with Theatersport Berlin? Well…Julie made that possible. She is a big fan and has been at their shows for years now. Obviously she made friends with the actors at some point and now helps out a bit at the shows and takes the photos for their Facebook page. Her love for Africa and Zambia are well known there and when she told them about Planting A Future they straight away agreed to support us. 🙂
Right now we are still talking about how Theatersport can support and help us. We have some nice ideas which are still in the making. So keep posted. For now we are being featured on their website.
As you all know we are busy preparing for the Provincial Agriculture Show in Livingstone next week. This is a real challenge because we need to do it more professionally than before.
So Bruni and Julie had banners printed for us and sent us a package from Germany. Not only did they send us the 2 banners.
We also got white shirts and name tags for the people representing Planting A Future at the shows.
But that was by far not everything. When Lloyd went to Kalomo to pick up the package he was surprised to find lots of little gifts inside…such as books for the school and reading room, pens, drinking bottles, toys, stickers, a rubber ducky…
You can probably imagine how fast the word was spread. All the kids were so happy and fell in love with the stickers. Sparkling eyes wherever you turned…like the the stars of milky way on a clear night! Check that out 😉
Baby Joy also found a new friend…a little monkey 🙂
The whole Planting A Future Family says THANK YOU to Bruni and Julie for all those surprises and of course the banners. Lots of kids went to bed with bright smiles on their faces! 🙂
We are so excited right now! We just recieved the package Bruni and Julie sent us. Our new banners are now in Zambia! …and they are perfectly in time 😉 So it all worked out with shipping.
Also we now have white shirts and Planting A Future name tags to get the professional look 😉 What do you think? Would you buy an insurance from us? 😉 We look great!
The next big challenge for us is to build a new and “fancy” booth. We got the advice that at the Provincial Show next week in Livingstone we should be prepared and have a real solid booth and no improvised stand, covered with weeds.
Luckily we have a very good carpenter in the village who is eager to help us. So right now he is busy making display stands and the booth out of the wood from Mukwa trees.
Look at these massive boards:
There is a lot of planning and measuring to do. Hard work for everyone.
We are very curious to see what the booth and display stands will look like.
But we are sure that together with our new banners, all the posters and info material our booth will be THE highlight of the Show.
Yes! We are now going professional 😉 Thanks to the generous donation of Werbecenter Berlin we were now able to have those 2 wonderful banners printed. They have just been posted by Bruni and Julie and are now on their way to Zambia. So people, keep your fingers crossed that they reach Zambia in time.
Those banners certainly will draw lots of people at the Provincial Agriculture Show in Livingstone in a few weeks.
We are very happy how nice the banners turned out. And again we have to say THANK YOU to our friends from Werbecenter Berlin for their good work and for supporting our cause.