Happy Day for Singwamba Primary School and Clinic

You know how Planting A Future started out, right? Supplying fruit trees to vulnerable households and institutions?

We still do that. Just recently Lloyd went on a little tour to Singwamba Primary School and Singwamba Clinic to deliver the donated trees.

As you can imagine everyone was really excited and curious. So lots of people gathered at both spots when Lloyd showed up. Lloyd took the time to explain everything about the new trees: how to plant, how to take care of the seedlings, how and when to water them.

happy kids at Singwamba Primary School
happy kids at Singwamba Primary School

The kids at Singwamba Primary School got a free gardening lesson as well. Lloyd showed them how to choose a good spot for their school’s orchard and where to plant each tree to benefit best. He also explained how to plan and do the digging and planting. So after theoretical knowledge was gained it was all about getting the hands dirty and plant and water the little trees. Each and everyone helped, full of enthusiasm. πŸ™‚ Those little guys can’t wait to have juicy and yummy fruits for lunch!

 

But also the Singwamba Clinic recieved some seedlings. Especially for a clinic it is important to offer nutritious food to the patients. Malnutrition very often affects sick people even worse than healthy ones because the side effects of medication worsen too.

PAF donates fruit trees to Singwamba Clinic
PAF donates fruit trees to Singwamba Clinic

 

Lloyd helped the clinic’s staff to plant the trees and explained all about them. He put extra focus on the moringa seedlings because, as you might know, this superfood is used to treat so many diseases is very nutritious. So Lloyd talked a lot to the women at Singwamba Clinic to explain and educate about the importance and use of Moringa as food and medicine. Especially for the maternity wing it was a very interesting day.

 

What a day for Singwamba people! We are very happy to have started 2 orchards around there. In just a few months they will be able to harvest their first Moringa leaves. And soon the first home grown fruits will be served for the patients and kids πŸ™‚

 

Happy Day for Singwamba Primary School and Clinic

Traveling for a Cause

Social Media…Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram…you say it’s all too much? Well…maybe. But for organizations like Planting A Future those platforms are an essential way of communication and obviously to get people to know about us.

As we posted before, we do have an Instagram Account now. One good thing about it is that we do find lots of like-minded people and organizations who work hand in hand. This just happened in the past days: An organization called PoorPilgrim contacted us and suggested to feature our story on their website.

So Julie sat down and wrote a short text about PAF that you can find here! Just take a moment and read it. They also featured us on their Instagram and Facebook.

Check the feature on PoorPilgrim
Check the feature on PoorPilgrim

Thanks so much to the guys from PoorPilgrim! It is fantastic to see that there are people who try to connect like-minded people.

 

Please take a moment and read about PoorPilgrim and their concept and what they do. We love it!

 

PoorPilgrim: We are a team of Philanthropists and travel experts that organize custom trips, charity trips and book flights/hotels. 20% of proceeds protect and empower at risk children.

Our Passion: Travel+Charity
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Traveling and charity are two realities that have changed the way we see the world. This is what we are passionate about; and this is what we desire to share. The world of adventure, self exploration and human solidarity is open to all.
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PoorPilgrim 101
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Mission: To create a new way for people to travel: Charitable Travel.
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Vision: To protect and empower at risk children. It is by providing basic needs, education and solidarity that this goal is achieved. It is by teaming up with trusted partnerships and communities that this mission is made possible.
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Focus on Service
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We believe in helping others. Our strife is to organize a beautiful and unique trip that supports a cause. Travel with us and travel charitably.
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“Experience the world as a local and travel for a cause.”

Traveling for a Cause

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Please share if you like what you see! Spread the word!

A Visit in Chinkonono Village

The big Journey begins…288 breadfruit trees travel to Zambia :)

Whoa…2 intense days lay behind our German ladies Julie and Bruni. It was long prepared and now we made it. Together with our dear friends from the Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden andΒ  Global Breadfuit we organized a second delivery of breadfruit trees from Germany to Zambia.

Final destination...PAF in Zambia :)
Final destination…PAF in Zambia πŸ™‚

Lloyd and our Zambian team did not know about it for quite a while. We decided to make it a xmas surprise for our PAF team. And Global Breadruit and the Breadfuit Institute sponsored us 288 little trees. That is almost double the amount of last time. Super exciting and we are more than humbled and grateful.

After getting all papers and permits done Garry from Global Breadfruit packed our 288 not so little friends and made his way to Berlin to bring the plants to Bruni, who is the one taking the breadfruit trees down to Zambia this time.

Garry, Bruni and Julie πŸ™‚

He explained a lot about breadfruit and Global Breadfruit. Great to meet the people behind Global Breadfruit. Also we are very happy to see how big and healthy all the plants look. They are beautiful and will be even more once they get planted into Zambian soil. Also this time we have 3 different types of breadfruit because the usually grow in slightly different times of the year. That way we try to guarantee that we will have breadfruit all year round in Zambia soon.

After some emotional stress of trying to figure out how to best pack them and how to check in the luggage we finally agreed on the best solution and now the plants are safely packed and ready to fly to Zambia πŸ™‚ I wonder if they are as excited as we all are.

So Tuesday afternoon Bruni and Julie made their way to Tegel Airport in Berlin where Bruni was supposed to start her journey to Livingstone. There Lloyd will pick her up and take her to Chinkonono Village. Our PAF team in Zambia is so excited to see her again already.

 

You guys all have no idea how much luggage Bruni has and how heavy all that stuff is πŸ˜‰ And it is not just plants…I am sure there are some more nice surprises in there as well…

But for now…keep your fingers crossed that all goes well and all the plants will get there safely and Bruni has safe flights!

 

bye bye...see you all in Zambia
bye bye…see you all in Zambia

Check back on us for more updates! We will keep you posted!

Also again…huge thanks to the Breadfruit Institute and Global Breadfruit: Josh, Blair, Amy, Diane, Garry and everyone involved who made this possible! You guys rock and we heart you!

The big Journey begins…288 breadfruit trees travel to Zambia :)

Meanwhile in Zambia…

You probably know the song “I am singing in the rain”, right? Well…in Zambia it is rainy season these days…so not unlike in the video to that song our Planting AΒ  Future member are jumping puddles and things might get a bit muddy in Chinkonono Village. That’s why it is a bit of a struggle to get in touch with Lloyd and everyone for updates.

But obviously we don’t sit still. We are making use of the rainy season and plant lots of fruit tree seedlings. Those are distributed to vulnerable families and households step by step. Supplying people with trees and planting new ones are 2 of our main focus points during rainy season.

Supplying vulnerable families with trees
Supplying vulnerable families with trees

Also we are happy to see the first fruits of our labour. Literally πŸ˜‰

First little harvest… πŸ™‚

 

On the other hand Lloyd is a passionate horticulturist and is using his spare free hours in his very own way….creating his own indoor flower bed πŸ˜€

 

 

As his kids in school would probably say now: “Keep it up, keep it up! You are a good boy. So try again another time.” πŸ˜€

Meanwhile in Zambia…

Some Sweet Surprises

…as the year grows older and we grow older our plants just grow bigger and start to carry fruits. Just a few days ago we checked on our organic and homegrown strawberries in the Kalomo garden. Wow…look at them. Delicious, huh? πŸ˜‰

Don't they look delicious? :)
Don’t they look delicious? πŸ™‚
Homegrown organic strawberries in our Kalomo garden
Homegrown organic strawberries in our Kalomo garden

Also we keep on donating boxes of seedlings to households in need. For example this farmer recieved some Mango, Moringa and PawPaw trees for his orchard. We hope they will soon help feed his family and change his diet to a more nutritious one.

This happy farmer recieved seedlings of Moringa, PawPaw and Mango for his household
This happy farmer recieved seedlings of Moringa, PawPaw and Mango for his household

And a very nice surprised reached us just recently. Our friend Patrick Thompson and his family from Hawaii sent us a big pack full of nice things: Veggie seeds, pencils and preserved/dried fruits.

some nice gifts from our friend Patrick Thompson from Hawaii
some nice gifts from our friend Patrick Thompson from Hawaii. Thank you so much!

The pencils are going to our community pre-school across the river. Few kids come to school each day without pencils and books because they just can not afford them. They will be so happy πŸ™‚

Some of the seeds we will plant in our communal veggie garden at the base. Some seeds we will preserve for winter gardens, more precisely family winter gardens.

The preserved and dried fruits will be used to teach fruit preservation to our community. So those are a good and timely gift as wild fruits are ripening right now. People are gathering and consuming everything when in season and starve from june to february. Just imagine a family of 6 with 4 Mango trees eating all the mangoes in 2 months πŸ˜‰ So that way we can make sure they will put some aside and keep them for dry season. Great. πŸ™‚

Last but not least we would like to show you some faces behind the scenes at PAF. You all met Grime during the agriculture shows. But have you met his son Chipego yet? He is one of our helpers and volunteers and does a great job. Thank you!

Grime and his son  Chipego
Grime and his son Chipego
Some Sweet Surprises

Traditional Zambian Victory Song

We tried to give the show goers in Livingstone some extra treat. So our friend Levison performed a traditional Tonga Victory Poem. He is playing on a Zambian war drum called namaalwa. You can probably imagine that this drew people to our booth.

We know your Tonga skills are not as fluent. πŸ˜‰ So basically what it is about:

The first thing he says is thanking Bruni and Julie for their sacrifice.
To him all of us are warriors because bringing breadfruit into the country is winning the war against hunger.

Thank you, Levison! We are touched and humbled.

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Traditional Zambian Victory Song