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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Long-Awaited Visitor ;)

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

And who knows…maybe some day one of those kids will start writing their own story or book ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

PAF Reading Circle

A Market in the Making :)

African markets….what image do you have in your mind when you thinkย of an African market? Bright colours, smiles, women carrying baskets on their heads, lots of people rushing through, bargaining and talking, laughter, animals running around…well, fair enough. It is not that far off reality.
In African societies a market is a place where people meet and interact. It serves as the socialising agent and fosters togetherness. While its primary objective is to provide a place where people can trade or buy and sell products and services, a market is a very important aspect of communal life.
Our PAF Center with the library / sewing room, the market and kitchen
Our PAF Center with the library / sewing room, the market and kitchen
In our village, people have to walk several kilometers to Nguba and Singwamba to sell or buy basis products like soap, salt , food and medicines. This will be a thing of the past as a communal market is under construction at our PAF center.
Our market will be made of only natural materials
Our market will be made of only natural materials
We areย building it, usingย local materials such as logs, grass and mud. It will be made of Mubanga Tree logs or Iron Tree so that the market building can last for more than fifty years.
And to quote Lloyd here:ย “Remember, it is traditional building skills being exploited here and no strange stuff like cement or bricks.” … and right he is ๐Ÿ˜‰
Quite a bit of work is going on as you can see in the picture.
Our technician on the site, Mr Epheso Mulwani, is busy mobilising PAF members and volunteers to build the market…and working on it together is the first step of creating a communal togetherness. It will be “our” market and people will be even more proud of it once it is finished.
Check this video Lloyd sent me to see what Epheso and Lloyd are explaining about the way the market is built and what materials we use:
Knowing we talk about Africa I wouldn’t rely on the 8 days ๐Ÿ˜‰ But we will push things to finish it as soon as possible.

Please check back on our blog and see how we do it here in Chinkonono. We will keep you posted.

A Market in the Making :)

Water Blues

Dry Season…it truely is a challenge for all of Africa. Now, Chinkonono Village, is no exception from the rule. We do struggle a lot this year. The rivers are almost dried out.

Just wanna wash your hands? Well...try :/
Just wanna wash your hands? Well…try :/

So our only chance to get water for our community, cooking, washing, watering our plants and seedlings is digging wells and going to boreholes far away. Our women sometimes walk hours with huge containers of water balancing on their heads.

Luckily we do have borehole at Singwamba School. It is “only” about 6km away…that is not far, you think? Well…consider that most people do not have access to a car or ox cart and have to walk this distance…multiple times per day.

 

Well…and also we do have a construction site and as you might know, building needs water too. So just check out how we get water there ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

But sometimes…sometimes fate strikes us and we can not use the borehole at Singwamba School. That means we have to go to Sinsimuka for water. And that is about 25km away from Chinkonono…

 

See all that? Well..you probably now understand why one of our top priorities at the moment is to raise funds to drill our own borehole for the community center! Keep your fingers crossed that we will achieve that goal soon. If you want to support us by donating some money for the borehole, please contact us! Thank you so so much!

Spread the word of Planting A Future! ๐Ÿ™‚

Water Blues

Mode of Transport ;)

Ever wondered how to get from A to Z in Zambia? Obviously there are different ways…but if you do not wanna get your feet dirty, you either have a car or find a different vehicle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Unfortunately not all of our PAF community can afford a car or the cars are broken. So we most of the time use our Zambian trucks. Check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

Mode of Transport ;)

Having a Roof over our Heads ;)

Time moves in a different speed in Africa ๐Ÿ˜‰ So also our construction of the first building of our PAF Community Center takes longer than we expected. But lacking money most of the time we have to take things step by step.

Doors, windows and furniture are still missing. But we did put the roofing of our veranda on now. Looks like an easy thing to do? Well…it might if you have access to proper tools and machines. But we don’t…so we do it the Zambian way ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check it out! Lloyd explains how the guys are doing it.

 

And also we do have some insight views…literally…on how the plastering works out in Zambia!

And honestly…it doesn’t look that bad, right?

 

Having a Roof over our Heads ;)

Tailoring our Future…with some help from Jamaica

Big things keep happening for Planting A Future these days. First weย recieved 400 โ‚ฌ from our friends in Germany to buy building materials for the 2 planned new buildings: a sewing room with veranda and a small library.

Now we are happy to announce a new cooperation with another non-profit organisation from Jamaica,ย Repairer Of The Breach Inc.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Please check out their Facebook Page and support them as much as you support us!

Our new partners from Jamaica: Repairer Of The Breach Inc.
Our new partners from Jamaica: Repairer Of The Breach Inc.

They transferred another $US 260 so we could finally buy 2 sewing machines for the PAF women in our village and community.

Our ladies can't really believe that this is real ;)
Our ladies can’t really believe that this is real ๐Ÿ˜‰

As you can imagine the ladies have been delighted. Happy faces all over the place. They wereย checking on the sewing machines straight away. The ones knowing how they work started teaching the others. Zambian Sewing 101 ๐Ÿ˜‰

First sewing "lessons" started straight away
First sewing “lessons” started straight away

Our women suddenly went off, just to come back with all sorts of fabrics and chitenge that they could find and test the machines. Believe me…no fabric will escape their swift fingers and the needles now.

Now no fabric has a chance to escape our ladies' hands and the needle ;)
Now no fabric has a chance to escape our ladies’ hands and the needle ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Noย we can ensure that they learn how to tailor and sew clothes for their families and for sale. They will keep the biggest part of their benefit to feed their families, but also give back a little amout to PAF. That way we can make sure to keep our costs covered and invest in other things again.

Next step now is to finish the construction of the 2 new buildings, which we plan to be done with in spring 2016. Keep your fingers crossed. We are on it!

Big thanks again to Repairer Of The Breach Inc. for the generous donation. Special thanks go to our dear friend and supporter Carol Williams who always supported us right from the start! All this will change a lot of people’s lives!

Tailoring our Future…with some help from Jamaica