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

A Long-Awaited Visitor ;)

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

A Long-Awaited Visitor ;)

A Visit in Chinkonono Village

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Please share if you like what you see! Spread the word!

A Visit in Chinkonono Village

Theatersport Berlin supports PAF

We are happy to announce that we have a new supporter on board. This time it is a big fish: Theatersport Berlin.

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Theatersport Berlin now features us πŸ™‚

 

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Thank you so much, guys! DANKE!

 

Please give them a “thumbs up” on Facebook: Theatersport Berlin

 

Theatersport Berlin supports PAF

A Package from Germany…uncountable sparkling eyes :)

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.

Lloyd and family with some seedlings and our new banners
Lloyd and family with some seedlings and our new banners
Our Planting A Future ladies with the new banner
Our Planting A Future ladies with the new banner

We also got white shirts and name tags for the people representing Planting A Future at the shows.

Hello, my name is Lloyd and I work for Planting A Future ;)
Hello, my name is Lloyd and I work for Planting A Future πŸ˜‰

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…

Joy checking out the toys and books
Joy checking out the toys and books
Ready to read :)
Ready to read πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

Lloyd and Planting A Future kids...sticker love
Lloyd and Planting A Future kids…sticker love

Baby Joy also found a new friend…a little monkey πŸ™‚

Baby Joy with her new friend
Baby Joy with her new friend

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! πŸ™‚

Planting A Future kids with books
Planting A Future kids with books
A Package from Germany…uncountable sparkling eyes :)