As dry season goes on and on the water levels of rivers and lakes decrease gradually. This is a catastrophe for all farmers. The farmland, gardens and countryside turns brown and savanna gold.
But there is also one plus to this for our people in Chinkonono. It may sound aweful at first when I tell you now that due to the drought thousands of fish get stranded and die. But this is a blessing for our villagers and people in rural areas.
Those fish can easily be caught and collected. And that means an additional source of food.
Our Chinkonono people recieved a full truck load of fish today. Catfish. Wesley and young Rayton also went to catch fish themselves. Successfully.
Check that out:
This truck carried about 1000 fish to the surrounding villages. Of course the cold chain is impossible to keep up in rural Zambia.
So we had to be fast cleaning the many many fish and start to prepare them. To make them more durable to keep them for the months when food gets scarce we chose the method of smoking.
As you can see this is a loooot of work and all hands were needed.
Little Rayton is just in the process of learning how to hunt and fish. He was very successful as you can see. And proud. 😉
Of course after today’s hustle, of course, Wesley also got one of the catfish for dinner, roasted and yummy.
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 kids 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? 😉
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.
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 friends Repairer of the Breach 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 😉 Now add some of thosepoor man roses, the bagavarias. The deep purple reddish hues will lighten the Christmas mood. Doesn’t look too bad, does it?
Lloyd and the guys are cutting banana leaves for decor
Coming out nicely
Just adding some flowers and it is done 🙂
Now the major thing everybody was looking forward to: FOOD 😉
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 😉
Pretty steamy in there 😉
Our PAF ladies doing some culinary magic in our Community kitchen at PAF Center
Stirring and stirring
Well…a bit more rice
Ladies, good job!! You guys rock! A big twalumba to Jane, Rosa, Venulli, Bina Bra, Bina Fortune and the rest of our PAF heroines 🙂
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 😉
Just enjoy our PAF ladies and some kids marching in to the sounds of “My African Dream” 🙂
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 😉 Since we lack a real one, we put some Elephant Flower…you know: attitude is everything 😉
Serving some decent portions
First plates are ready
Our “Christmas Tree” is watching over the dinner 😉
Now we are bringing on some meat
And then the feasting began. Everyone enjoyed a day full of laughter and fun…and a full belly.
Village kids digging in 🙂
Well deserved, ladies! Enjoy your meal!
The gentlemen sat down inside, in style 😉
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!!
Thank you and Twalumba to all our members, donors, supporters, friends and crew! Without all you guys PAF would not be happening!
People these days go crazy about healthy and organic food or superfood. All that for the “western world” is very expensive while in places like Chinkonono it is so easy to get.
One of our coordinators, Wesley (Lloyd’s brother), has sent some pics and info about one of the village’s favourite snacks: Vinkubala…caterpillars.
What? Yeah..caterpillars. What sounds like the most stereotype thing to say about Africa is actually a very, very healthy part of PAF members’ diet.
In Chinkonono those caterpillars are called Vinkubala. Wesley set out to catch them to bring home a surprise for his family for New Years Day.
As you can see the kids went crazy about them.
Those caterpillars can be found in some trees in the field around December and January. It is mostly a popular relish or snack around Southern Region.
Vinkubala provide the body with a lot of proteins, vitamines and many more nutrients. That is why during the 2 months people try to eat as many as they can. They are a valuable and important addition to the regular diet. Even the Zambian government recommends eating caterpillars.
As you can imagine, thinking of caterpillars, most kids at first are a bit hesitant and even scream when they see or touch them for the first time. But on the other hand they are more than eager to have them.
Kids just love them 😉
Do we really need spoons?
How to eat vinkubala, you ask? Well…obviously you put them in a dish and kids will try sort out the biggest ones for themselves first. 😉 Then you have to get the outer shell off and remove the insides. Apply some salt, let them sit there for a few hours or a day. Then they are ready to be fried or cooked. You can add any ingredients you see fit.