You guys all know that PAF basically started with planting fruit trees and handing thm out to people in need. Of course back then we set up a greenhouse to protect the saplings. This one was, how can I say…quite improvised and by far too small for our needs.
So one of our major goals for 2018 was to get a better and bigger greenhouse, and have it close to PAF Center.
All that is easier said than done. A lot of research was needed on how to construct the new one, what kind of shade netting to get, what kind of poles etc. … Wesley and the guys have been running up and down to get the necessary info and samples of the materials.
So now the construction of our new PAF greenhouse has started. This time it is supposed to be much longer lasting and more professional.
That’s why we had our personal super pro advicers around at all times:
As usual we used our Zambian ways of doing things. Lets say you wanna bend a pole…well, we have been using a tree to do so:
Or drilling a whole into one of the poles…easy with the right equipment. We only had a hammer:
Or lets see how we cut the poles:
After all that it took a massive amount of hard work and even more teamwork. Everybody helped cementing the foundations of the poles, puzzling all the pieces together and last but not least painting the poles in a stylish green and grey colour.
Sorting through the puzzle pieces
The guys figuring “it” out
Wesley and Kanondo
Getting more stability here
Getting the paint and brushes ready for action 🙂
men at work
Women Power 😉
Green and Grey…that’s how we roll
Cementing the poles for stability
The only thing missing now is the shade netting. We will soon update you on this matter. Pinky Promise 😉
You know the deal. You are home and feel like eating that special fruit or chocolate or you realize you forgot to buy soap. What do you do? You just get outside walk or drive a few minutes and get what you need or desire.
Well…it doesn’t really work like that in Zambia. Especially in rural areas like Chinkonono. There is a very small shop in the next village, but honestly speaking…it by far doesn’t have all our villagers need. So the only solution is to go to Kalomo. But the trip to town for groceries takes the whole day and you always have to add transport costs and hope for someone to pass by and take you there.
So it makes common sense that PAF is now creating our own grocery shop in the village. What used to be the sewing room will now serve as our own little shop. (This situation is temporary until we have managed to construct another building to move the library there and give the tailoring their own room.)
There was a lot of work to do to actually make that room look like a shop. Sonic, Scout and Wesley have been constructing a counter. Our new carpenter Jonsen has been making some nice shelves. And everybody helped cleaning and painting inside. All that took our PAF members about 3 days. Congrats, guys! You did a great job. Thank you so much for all your hard work you put in!
Check the making of the counter:
Scout working on the counter
Sonic working on constructing the counter
Wesley plastering the counter
All good, Wesley? 😉
Painting the counter
But also the shelves needes some fixing:
It will fit…I am sure
Advice from the young guns 😉
Jonsen – Carpenter
Shelves are almost set up
Painting the shleves
Preparing the shelves
Finally finishing up with the last strokes:
Cleaning the new shop
Now we are trying to come up with a smart way get the initial kickstart for stocking up with useful and desired items. Very soon our little shop will be running. A lack of soap, salt, matches and basic stationary items will be a thing of the past.
And who knows…maybe we will also offer some sweets for the kids and some cakes and other “luxury” items as well…I hear the birds tweeting such sweet rumours alreaedy 😉 We will keep you posted and definitely let you all be part of the big opening!
You already know that maize and tomato are 2 of the core ingredients of the majority of Zambian and sub-saharan African meals. But we also have to add cabbage to that list. It is full of nutrients and keeps the belly full for a long time.
Of course our villagers and PAF members in Chinkonono are growing cabbage for their own use. But our member Raphael is doing it big style. He has a huge cabbage garden and is growing it for his family’s consumption and for sale.
But Raphael doesn’t only grow cabbage. In his garden you will also find onion, egg plant and tomato.
We say: well done! But take a look!
Proud farmer 🙂
Hard work pays off
now that is one big cabbage
On a side note…Lloyd is also trying other good foods 😉
Wow…how time flies. You guys all know our Logo, right? Lloyd made this one as a raw sketch a few months back. Now we finally managed to get a digital “pimped” version of that logo.
Since none of us is a graphic designer we asked for help. Our friend Alfred from YourDesign2Go in Bavaria (Germany) decided to help us digitalizing the sketch so we can use it to print banners and posters and to promote Planting A Future.
Have a look at this! Doesn’t it look great?! We tried to keep the charme of the old logo’s look. We all love it!
Look at the old one as well! Don’t you think Alfred did a great job digitalizing it?
So now we are ready for the digital world.
Alfred, thank you so so much! We are so grateful for your help! Planting A Future is humbled to have supporters like you. 🙂