From Bush to Village Center … Our New Latrines

Three years ago Chinkonono had no real center at all. Things and places throughout the village were widely spread and people would only gather at houses to do business. Chinkonono had to rely on other villages and town (Kalomo) for its daily needs. People had to go to Nguba to mill their maize and buy groceries such as salt, sugar and soap. They had to go to town to get their clothes mended and buy fruit tree seedlings.

This drastically changed and is no longer the state of affairs as Planting A Future has shaken things up. We have created a village center where people can access their groceries on PAF market place, mill their maize for little money with our own hammer mill or get their fruit tree seedlings.

Also we now provide instructions on agriculture skills, such as horticulture and gardening. Quite a number of people from Chinkonono and surrounding villages visit PAF Center.

Of course you can imagine that this was impacting the environment negatively and it had prompted PAF management to improve sanitation by constructing toilets, which will be used by both, PAF personell and clients.

So we have been working hard on constructing a building for the toilets, making bricks and plastering.

Of course we wanted to make sure no it looks nice as well, so we had our carpenters make some beautiful wooden doors for us. Check that:

To be precises, we are talking about 2 semi-waterborne latrines with nice porcelain toilet bowl. PAF members will make sure the toilets will be kept maintained and cleaned at all times.

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Wesley in Kalomo, toilet shopping πŸ˜‰

As it always is when guys work hard…they needed some heavy lunch. Now guess what was on the menu! You know it? Nsima sourmilk porridge πŸ˜‰

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Hard work needs some good lunch πŸ˜‰

 

As for now we are only left with finishing the interior and the installing the porceain toilet bowls. The mere existance of those toilets is good news to all visitors and PAF members as no one will seek the sanctuary of an hidden spot with sky view to answer the call of nature πŸ˜‰ And I mean…look it the toilets! Don’t they look awesome? Who wouldn’t wanna go use them? πŸ˜‰

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Our PAF Center toilets

Thanks to all who donated funds and labour towards this very important project!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

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From Bush to Village Center … Our New Latrines

A Morning Walk in Chinkonono

Follow Lloyd on a brief morning walk in Chinkonono and let those chirping birds bewitch you with their songs!

Each golden morning being serenaded by thousands birds of all kinds!

And the bees buzzing in thorn trees.
A Morning Walk in Chinkonono

Hare Hunting in Chinkonono

It’s been St. Martin’s Day all over the world and people went to get some nice goose meat to feast.

But where do you get your meat, especially red meat in the bush in the middle of nowhere? The nearest mall or meat market is 60km away from Chinkonono. You have to hike and hope to hitchhike on a maize truck, paying maybe $2 to reach town. After this challenging trip you buy a kilo of steak if you can afford it.

But seriously…would you if hares and impalas (they call them the fast food of the bush because of their speed and the McDonalds m on their butts πŸ˜‰ ) were available in nearby bushes? No? Well, our PAF people and villagers don’t either.

So when a family craves for meat the boys mobilise themselves and whistle the dogs to combat.Β Theboys doing the hunting are from PAF families. The older one is Kankido. He usually leads the hunt and is very skilled and experienced and thus a good teacher for the younger men.

These troops spread into in the bush and within just a few hours they have fresh meat. It takes a bit of skills and patience. But it mostly pays off.

Just check out this short video about how they do it:

While, who needs a mall and fridge when fresh meat roams the neighbourhood?

Hare Hunting in Chinkonono

Milling around the clock

Not long ago we happily announced the purchase of our newΒ hammer mill. And apparently word about it spread like wildfire in the neighbouring villages. Everyday people from different villages, more or less far away, come to Chinkonono to get their maize milled. They literally line up at PAF Center.

 

At the moment we still keep the mill under a temporary shelter made of wood. But the actual building we construct to keep the mill safe will be done soon.

We also found a 20-year-old strong man who will be our PAF miller. His job is to coordinate the usage of the mill and do the milling for people who bring their maize. Also he is responsible to keep the mill safe and working. Now meet our Steven:

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this young man is our PAF miller: Steven

 

So as you can see our mill is milling basically around the clock. That is good for PAF because we can raise some funds for our upcoming and running projects. But mainly we are focused on making life easier for our villagers and the people of the Chinkonono region.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on what is going on in Chinkonono. There are still big things planned…

 

Milling around the clock

PAF Vegetable Garden

As you probably remember we moved our greenhouses to PAF Center a while ago. This turned out to be very convenient for everyone.

Now we decided to try again with a vegetable garden. So we are now planting our veggies and fixing the shade net to our garden. This has been long in the making and is bearing fruit as all materials are available.

 

But don’t think all this has been easy. We used some of the money that PAF raised through donations and the annual fees of our supporting members to buy what was missing. But getting the materials from A to B to Chinkonono was a bit of a struggle. Some of those huge poles had to travel for more than 15km on an ox cart. Hard work.

We are using this project to educate members on effective vegetable farming and flower gardening. Kids and youths from Chinkonono can come to PAF Center and learn how to plant and take care of different types of seedlings and also when and how to harvest and re-plant.

 

Also the garden will be used as a means to raise funds by selling our products at PAF Market. We are planting cabbage, onions, sugar loaf, tomatoes and many other vegetables suitable for the climate and which can be consumed by local people.

PAF Vegetable Garden

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

Long time, long time. I know it has been quiet on here. But PAF did not stand still. We were working on a few projects. We have been moving our greenhouses to the PAF Center and we are currently building latrines there.

Also you might have been wondering what we are using the money for that has been donated and that we raise through our supporting members all over the world. Well…our newest “baby” in Chinkonono is a Diesel-powered hammer mill. You can’t imagine what an event it was for people in the village when the mill arrived by truck late at night πŸ˜‰

 

Our staple food in Zambia is Nsima, a thick maize meal porridge. Before it is nsima the maize has to be milled. A 25kg bag of factory milled maize meal costs 65 kwacha (about 7,50 USD) in town. The villagers can’t access this and can’t afford it. So as PAF we didn’t want to be left out.

Hence we bought a hammer mill to mill the village maize and give PAF an income. The maize meal commonly known as hammer mill is a Diesel-propelled machine comprising of two parts, namely the engine and the mill. The engine drives the mill and the hammers strike and crush the maize grains into powder. This powder is our highly treasured mealie meal, which we use to cook the thick porridge and Nsima.

We bought a 20 horsepower machine at 16,500 kwacha (about 1,900 USD). That might sound like a lot of money. But doing the easy math it will be worth it and make life much easier. There was no hammer mill in the village or anywhere close by. Hence woman had to walk to other, far away villages to have their maize milled. Β Each 15kg of maize will be milled at 5 kwacha. Our target is to raise 250 kwacha (about 29 USD) each day.

 

That way it is much more convenient for the women because no more walking far distances. Also milling it in the village is cost effective and makes it much easier for us to enjoy our beloved nsima.

I bet you want to see the mill running, don’t you? Check that:

From the proceeds we will be able to raise money to build our library and conference hall, meet running logistics and sponsor one or two kids.Β The milling will also provide employment for one boy and will shorten walking distances for everyone.

But of course you can’t have that mill just standing around like that. Even in Chinkonono that is not possible. That’s why we decided to construct a building to house the mill. And what can I say…our PAF members have been working hard and are almost done with it now:

 

So you see…things are moving for Chinkonono and PAF. Thank you so much to our supporting members and donors all over the world! You guys really make a change in people’s lives! πŸ™‚

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono