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 😉

 

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.  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. 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! 🙂

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A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

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

Hard Work pays off…people who deserve some help

In our society women have the task of finding food for the family. It is quite hard as they have to tag along to nature in that quest for food for their kids. When it is dry season they feed their kids on dried pumpkin leaves, dried okra and a some fresh fish they catch with reed baskets in shallow water. In the rain season they collect Mpububu’biden schimperi’, mushrooms, pumpkin leaves and  wild okra. These women are resiliant and so hard-working. Planting a future will make sure each home has a Moringa tree for relish and medicine.

Hard-working Women
Hard-working Women

A miracle for Patrick! He can’t believe his luck. Breadfruit has the key to save his family from hunger.  Patrick is now one of our volunteers and is so passionate about the project.

What a fruit...
What a fruit…
Hard Work pays off…people who deserve some help

School feeding … the status quo

As you all know feeding kids at school is important. We try to improve the already existing by providing fruit trees to schools.

Check what school feeding in Zambia under WPF (World Food Programme) looks like right now: nsima and cow peas. Sounds plain and boring? Maybe. But for lots of children it is all they eat for the whole day.

School feeding programme food: nsima and cowpeas....for 456 kids.
School feeding programme food: nsima and cowpeas….for 456 kids.
This is a typical target school with more than 400 students.
This is a typical target school with more than 400 students.
School cafeteria
School cafeteria
That Fector's only meal for the day. He is an orphan and on ARV.
That Fector’s only meal for the day. He is an orphan and on ARV.
Fector and friends enjoying lunch at school.
Fector and his friends enjoying lunch at school.
School feeding … the status quo

Keep believing

Objective:

  • To raise a breadfruit nursery and distribute them among vulnerable households as a means of mitigation hunger.
  • To grow Mangoes, Pawpaws, Guavas and Bananas to supply vulnerable households, schools and clinics around Kauwe, Nampuyani, Nguba and Singwamba with fruits in order to improve nutrition.

We just have to do it for those poor and hungry old men, women and kids because we know what it means to be hungry and poor. The rich dont understand it because they have never been hungry.

Keep believing