Teaching Kids Some Usefull Skills

Surely you remember that Planting A Future just recently donated fruit trees to Singwamba clinic and school. As it is in the African bush animals are hungry too and enjoy some fresh and sweet fruits or juicy green leaves. So to protect our seedlings it is necessary to build fences around them. So Planting A Future taught Singwamba pupils how to build a living fence for their orchard.

Singwamba pupils building a living fence
Singwamba pupils building a living fence

Since time immemorial the abbysinian myrrh tre has played a pivotal role in the life of Tongas. It has been used both as a religious symbol of continuity and as a hedge to keep goats, chickens and pigs away from homesteads. It was also used to protect trees and vegetables from being eaten by livestock.
It is in this vein that Planting A Future has captaised on this knowledge and is now encouraging schools and homes with orchards to make living fences around them.

Still lots of work to do ;)
Still lots of work to do 😉

The abyssinian myrrh or paperback tree is ideal for this as it does not easily rot or is eaten by termites. Once cut and planted in the soil the stem begins to sprout and within two months you don’t only have a hedge protecting your pawpaws and guavas but also living plants adding beauty and greenery to your home.

The religious among us can select the most beautiful stem and put a string of white beads as a welcome sign to spirits of departed forefathers.
Ok there we go as Planting A Future is bringing back lost knowledge in order to ensure food security in our village.

Big orchard = lots of wood ;)
Big orchard = lots of wood 😉
Teaching Kids Some Usefull Skills

Sei dabei und werde Mitglied!!

Wir haben schon seit längerer Zeit darüber geredet, aber wer Afrika kennt, weiß: hier dauern die Dinge länger als in anderen Teilen der Welt. TIA…This Is Africa 😉

Aber gut Ding will Weile haben und so sind wir glücklich und stolz, Euch mitteilen zu können, dass Planting A Future ein in Sambia offiziell registrierter Verein ist. Die Gründungsveranstaltung fand am 19. April 2016 statt. Ein wichtiger Schritt ist somit getan.

Was bedeutet das nun für unser Projekt? Es ist ganz einfach und doch von so immenser Wichtigkeit:

Ab heute kann jeder, der sich engagieren möchte, Mitglied von PAF werden. Was musst du dafür tun:

  1. Klicke HIER und downloade die Vereinssatzung, die Beitragsordnung und den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft.
  2. Lies dir alles genau durch… keine Angst es handelt sich hier nicht um 60 Seiten.
  3. Fülle den Antrag auf Mitgliedschaft aus und unterschreibe ihn.
  4. Scanne das unterschriebene Exemplar ein und schicke es an plantingafuture@gmail.com.
  5. Warte auf die Bestätigung deiner Mitgliedschaft.
  6. Überweise den Mitgliedsbeitrag.
  7. Du erhältst deine Mitgliedsbescheinigung und deine Spendenquittung.

 

Alle Unterlagen auf Deutsch zum Download
Alle Unterlagen auf Deutsch zum Download

 

Ihr fragt…was???…. einen Mitgliedsbeitrag zahlen? Ja das ist ein wichtiger Punkt. Deine mentale Unterstützung, dass du mit ganzem Herzen bei uns bist, bedeutet uns sehr viel. Aber wir haben uns um so viele Dinge zu kümmern, um das Leben und die Situation der Menschen in Chinkonono Village zu verbessern … und jeder weiß, dass das nicht ohne Geld möglich ist. Traurig aber wahr. Und die jährlichen Beiträge werden uns helfen, eine sichere finanzielle Basis zu schaffen, um sicherzustellen, PAF am Laufen zu halten, begonnene Projekte zu beenden und neue Projekte in den kommenden Jahren zu planen. Mit diesem Geld können wir so viel bewegen. Also denke darüber nach und lade dir den Mitgliedsantrag herunter. Wir warten sehnsüchtig auf die ausgefüllten Formulare.

Es gibt zwei Arten von Mitgliedschaften:

Arten der Mitgliedschaft
Arten der Mitgliedschaft

 

Wie funktioniert nun das Bezahlen und wie gelangt das Geld nach Sambia?

Ganz einfach. In Sambia gibt es ein Vereinskonto auf das alle Mitgliedsbeiträge und Spenden eingehen und über das alle Projektaktivitäten finanziert werden. Auf dieses Konto zahlen auch unsere sambischen Vereinsmitglieder ein. Für den Rest der Welt gibt es zwei Möglichkeiten der Zahlung der Mitgliedsbeiträge:

Unser Konto in Deutschland und der entsprechende PayPal Account, damit Leute außerhalb Deutschlands Transaktionskosten sparen können
Unser Konto in Deutschland und der entsprechende PayPal Account, damit Leute außerhalb Deutschlands Transaktionskosten sparen können

 

Bedenkt, dass die Kosten für die Überweisung der Mitgliedsbeiträge durch die Mitglieder zu tragen sind. Aus diesem Grunde haben wir auch den PayPal-Account eingerichtet, der für alle Mitglieder außerhalb Deutschlands eine sehr preiswerte Möglichkeit der Geldüberweisung darstellt.

Hmm…. Du fragst dich, warum alle Zahlungen über Accounts von Juliane Friedrich laufen? Dafür gibt es einen Grund: Direktüberweisungen der Mitgliedsbeiträge auf das sambische Konto würden zusätzliche unzumutbare Kosten aufgrund der hohen Transfergebühren für den Einzelnen nach sich ziehen. Wir haben über dieses Problem mit dem Vereinsvorstand gesprochen. Aus diesem Grunde wurde Juliane Friedrich durch die Mitgliederversammlung und den Vorstand die Verantwortung für Rekrutierung von Mitgliedern und die Verwaltung der Mitgliedschaften übertragen.

Juliane hat das Beitragskonto und den PayPal-Account, der direkt mit dem Vereinskonto verknüpft ist, eröffnet. Auf diesem Konto werden die eingehenden Mitgliedsbeiträge gesammelt. 2 bis 3 mal jährlich erfolgt dann die Überweisung größerer Summen nach Sambia. Die Transfergebühren werden durch Julaine getragen. Somit bleiben wir unserem Grundsatz treu, dass 100 % der Mitgliedsbeiträge in die PAF-Projekte fließen und keine administrativen Kosten anfallen.

Das Wichtigste ist gesagt … wir hoffen, euch an Bord der “MS Planting A Future” bgegrüßen zu können.

Sei dabei und werde Mitglied!!

PAF School Sponsorship Programme

Planting A Future…well, we do that in many different ways. One of them, as you know, is literally planting a future by planting fruit trees to hand out to vulnerable households and institutions.

But you can also plant a future by enabling kids to have access to education. Poverty level in rural Zambia is high. Also our community in and around Chinkonono Village depends on farming and a lot of times families have 5 or more kids and can not afford to pay school fees for all of them.

Planting A Future decided to start a school sponsorship programme for those families. That means we are looking for sponsors who want to support kids and their families by providing the funds to pay for the children’s school fees.

Those kids are just a few of the children who need financial support to attend school. Their parents and families struggle everyday to raise enough money to send their kids to school. Some of those kids are orphans or come from HIV families. Education is their key to change their lives.

 

There are different type of sponsorships possible. I will explain the basics for you now. Important to know is that there are always 3 semesters per year.

  1. Primary School Level:Grade 1 to 7. The small ones basically get free education. They only have to pay for sports classes. So the fees are low. 15 USD (15 EUR) per year. The money will be spent on sports classes and school materials like books and pencils and also for school uniforms.
  2. Basic School Level: Grade 8 and 9. The school fees for those guys is 15 USD (15 EUR) per term, that adds up t 45 USD (45 EUR) per year. The money will be used on school fees for each term and also for school materials, such as books, pencils, rulers etc. and school uniforms.
  3. Secondary School Level: Grade 10 to 12. Those kids are preparing for their highschool diploma. This course is more expensive. It varies from about 120 USD to 160 USD (120 EUR to 160 EUR) per term, which can add up to roughlich 360 USD to 400 USD (360 EUR to 400 EUR) per year. School fees in generel get more expensive later on, so do books and school materials like calculators etc. Also included is money for accommodation and food for some kids because they live too far away and have to stay at boarding school or with relatives. But those costs are covered as well.
  4. College Education: College education in Zambia is very expensive. So far none of “our” PAF kids is at college. Fees, including a room and food, can easily go up to about 3000 USD (3000 EUR) per year. We will find out about those costs on request if we find sponsors.

 

Please think about it. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the kids above or one of our other kids, please take a minute to contact us here:

We will gladly suggest a kid for you to sponsor. There are so many of them.

You know all those huge programmes, I guess. You pay a lot of money and you have no idea who the kid is who recieves it? You fear that a high percentage of what you pay just goes into the charity’s administration? Well…we can not speak for other charities. But I can assure your that 100% of the money goes straight to the kid you choose to sponsor. There are no administrational costs here.

Of course you will also get a tax receipt for the sponsorship. And you will recieve info about who the kid is and how they do in school if you want to know.

Please help us to plant a bright future for those kids! Thank you all in advance!

Help us give children like James a future. Thank you so much to Stan who now sponsors 6 children in our community!

PAF School Sponsorship Programme

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)

Planting A Future is such an amazing project. And it is growing so fast. So many things we need to do and that we want to do. Sometimes it is hard to focus on our running project so as to finish those before starting the next thing 😉

Our achievements are overwhelming at times. Especially for people in Chinkonono Village and for Lloyd. He sat down and wrote a nice review of the past 6 and a bit months. Please take a few minutes to read what he has to say!


As we enter the second quarter of this year lets take while to look back at awe-inspiring moments and events! 🙂
A lot has happened to PAF, both locally and internationally, and at times these incidents, events and moments have left most of us speechless and in awe. In other words these have jolted us out of the ordinary into the extraordinary and brought us to a better understanding of humanity, without the usual facade of race, religion, culture, ethinicity, tribe and social class. It showed us that humanity is just one big family.
To everyone who has been following the developments at PAF it is evident that like-minded people from all over the world have made so much sacrifice to bring a smile or change the lives of Chinkonono people for the better. All this has been done while the world is groaning under the global financial meltdown, terrorism, refugee crisis and climate changes.
There were many awe-inspiring moments and it is impossible to highlight all of them. Everyone of them made PAF what it is today.

  • While we were struggling with resources to put basic stuff together, a dying man requested his family not to buy flowers for his wreaths but to give the money to PAF so that we could buy the materials for the greenhouse. We will always remember you. May you rest in peace! Thank you so much to Baumschule Bösl!
  • Under very difficult financial challenges our friends from Repairer Of The Breach bought the village women sewing machines and fabrics and Bruni donated money to construct the first building of our community center that now houses a sewing room and library.
  • Bruni, for the second time, visited Zambia to check on PAF activities, live in the village so as to understand village challenges and learn the lives of the people. It is during this visit when PAF became an NGO with structured activities. More info, the statute and membership forms will be online soon!
  • Our friend Murray from Australia organised for books for our village kids. This was achieved at great financial cost and sacrifice from a lot of people in Australia.
  • PAF recieved breadfruit seedlings for the second time. Our partners at the Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii together with Global Breadfruit and Cultivaris donated trees as a christmas gift to the village. This was such a great surprise as we did not expect any seedlings due to the challenges we had faced the first time we were given seedlings.
  • The ladies of Repairer Of The Breach also donated money for a christmas feast to the village. This has been unprecedented. Never in the history of the village has everyone come together to celebrate christmas. Only a couple of families used to do it while the rest of the village had no food due to lack of money and food.
  • We are also setting up our school sponsorship programme to help vulnerable families pay for their kids’ school fees and thus give them a chance to get education. The first kids already found sponsors. Please contact us for further information if you are interested to change a child’s life!
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school

These are some of the events which will remain in the mind of the village and PAF members for a lifetime. These have shown the world that love has no boundaries.
On behalf of PAF I thank everyone who has made PAF what it is today. The story of this success will be incomplete without Patrick Thompson, Jacqueline Mapande, Stan Watt, Murray Quant, Diane, Garry, Amy, Josh, Blair and all the rest of our well wishers… THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)

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 🙂

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!

A Visit in Chinkonono Village

Brick by Brick

You heard about TIA…This Is Africa 😉 Everything seems to be working in a slower pace, so does our construction side for the sewing room and library. But eventually we will get there. It is all in the making and we are hoping to finish the building very soon, and still according to our building schedule. It is just a rough task to construct a building with close to no financial means. But we wouldn’t be Planting a Future if that would throw us back.

Are you as curious about it as I was? Well…I could convince Lloyd to send us some pics and reveal the big secret. Checkt that:

Proud "daddy" ;)
Proud “daddy” 😉

You know that we actually planned on constructing 2 separate buildings for sewing room and library. Due to some chronic shortage of money we decided to set up both in the same building until we find the financial means to construct a second building.

The building measurs 6m x 6m. There will be 2 rooms in the building. The bigger one will temporarily be used as library and reading room. The smaller one will be occupied by our PAF ladies to store materials and the sewing machines and sell and display clothes they tailor. For the time being they will sew and tailor outside. This also creates quieter environment inside for kids to read and study.

 

We hope to get the roofing fixed by end of next week, so that we can start flooring and plastering the week after. Then its only painting left.

We recieved a generous donation from Bruni so that we can buy some cement and paint to finish things up. Thank you so so much! We already bought some timber to have furniture made. So we are planning to have 12 chairs and 3 medium-sized tables. But still we are looking to raise money for doors, windows and shelves.

So very soon we will be able to move all the books into the new building. Though we are still facing the problem of light inside the building because we do not have power to install lamps. So if anyone has a smart idea how to get bright lighting inside that suffices for reading and doesn’t require electricity…feel free to contact us about it.

Soon those books dind their new home
Soon those books dind their new home

Thanks again to Murray and everyone who donated and sent us books so far!

 

Also we are very happy to announce that our dear friends from Repairer of the Breach donated another sewing machine for our ladies. So soon we will be able to work with 3 machines. We are humbled and so grateful.

Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Brick by Brick

Books…Lost in Fantasies

As some of you may be aware 75 percent of Zambian families live on less than a dollar a day. This situation makes it impossible for families to have three meals a day, buy clothes and have a decent shelter.

As people struggle to satisfy the most urgent needs, buying books and educating their children very often becomes a luxury they can not afford.
It is rare to find a book in homes.

Most of the timed a child’s first encounter with a book is at school where they learn how to read but only have access to books for a small amount of time.
Schools don’t have an adequate supply of books, so kids have to share them:  one book for ten pupils or worse.

But last week it was a very happy day for our Chinkonono kids. Thanks to tour Austtalian friend Murray our community now does have a variety of books. Murray asked around qith his friends and at local schools to donate books and then sent them to Zambia.

Just look at all those sparkling eyes!

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Our village kids will now be able to read books for education and entertainment outside school.

The donation of story books is a very big development. It will make books accessible to kids in the village. As we all know that early introduction to books helps an individual to learn and it also exposes readers to more ideas and experiences and helps to ignite fantasy anf creativity.

Also we plan to extend the library with novels and education books for adults so that we can also teach women and men how to read and read English. Unfortunate there is a high number of adults who can barely read at all or do not know the English language. That way we will try to literate them and help increasing their job chances and change lives.

It was such a wonderful day seeing all those angels smilling. Also we were choosing the chairperson, secretary and librarian of our small library.

Right now the books are being stored at Lloyds house until we finish the building. At the moment we do not have the financial means to build two seperate buildings for library and sewing room. So for now both projects will be located in the same building. But due to the noise of our twittering ladies we will try to build a second building for the library so that people can read in a quiet environment.

We are transporting the last bricks now. The building is on window level and we hope to put the roof on next week. Of course we will need shelves and furniture. So Lloyd already bought some wood and timber.

Keep checking back on us to see the process.

Thank you again to Murray and all the generous donors! No way we get the kids outside to play these days…everyone wants to read 😉 This changes lives!

Books…Lost in Fantasies